ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

From the President May 2017

From the President May 2017

30 May 2017

Last week at our AGM in Rotorua, we saw the change over from one President to another with Dr. Katie Elkin stepping down from the role and Erin Judge taking on this responsibility.  Katie continues as a member of the ILANZ committee so this month our President’s column combines a farewell from Katie with greetings from Erin.

KatieFarewell from Katie

As I write this, we have just held the 30th annual ILANZ conference.  Over 330 delegates from around New Zealand enjoyed two days of listening, reflection, discussion and networking.   Our opening speaker, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois and closing speaker, Rabia Siddique both shared inspirational stories of courage, resilience and authenticity that left us all inspired.  We will be sharing more from the conference over the coming weeks but I would like to thank all those involved in putting the conference together as well as all of the speakers (both from within and external to the in-house profession) who presented and shared their knowledge and insights with us all.

The conference also gave us the opportunity to showcase the report from our 2016 scholarship award winner, Sarah Taylor.   Titled 'Valuing our lawyers' - The untapped potential of flexible working in the New Zealand legal profession, Sarah’s report examines the opportunities for gains both for individuals and organisations through greater innovation and flexibility.  Congratulations to Sarah on a well written report that offers insight and challenges us to make the most of the opportunities offered by flexible work arrangements. 

The final night of the conference saw us celebrating our annual award winners. It has been my pleasure to be involved in the judging of these awards during my term as President and they showcase the depth and breadth of work that in-house lawyers are doing across New Zealand.   

Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my term as ILANZ President.  I am pleased to be remaining on the committee and look forward to working with Erin and other committee members to continue the development of the in-house profession. 


Erin JGreetings from Erin

Tēnā koutou katoa. I am delighted to take on the role of President of ILANZ.  We are a growing area of the profession and have some wonderful opportunities to shape the future legal framework.   Katie has mentioned the depth of talent that we saw displayed in the nominations for the recent ILANZ Awards.  Amongst our award winners we have individuals who have paved the way for new ways of working, achieved international firsts and revolutionised relationships within their organisations.  We are delighted to showcase their achievements.  My congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those shortlisted – an achievement in itself.

We are now looking for our next scholarship recipient and have extended the application period. Up for grabs is a $10,000 scholarship to enable one of our members, or a postgraduate law student, to undertake research of benefit to the in-house profession.  I encourage you to think about whether this an opportunity that you, or someone you know, could benefit from.  If you would like to explore further, please contact one of our Committee members, who have identified some potential areas for study or feel free to get in contact with ILANZ to discuss.

This month we also welcomed our new Executive Manager, Gabrielle O’Brien. Gabrielle has experience as Chief Executive of two membership organisations and brings a range of experience from these roles and from her roles  as an HR professional, mediator/facilitator and organisational coach. 

Finally, coming up in June Kensington Swan will be delivering seminars in Auckland and Wellington on ‘Technology & Privacy’.  We will also be announcing the second round of General Counsel Forums for the year shortly.  The new ILANZ committee will be planning our year ahead in our annual strategy day soon – if you have any comments about ILANZ - what we do, what we could start doing, or what we could do better – please let us know at

Ngā mihi