Grant Pritchard, Vice President
Grant is a “recovering lawyer”, currently a strategic sourcing manager and workplace mental health advocate at Spark – New Zealand’s leading telecommunications and digital services company.
Before moving into a strategic commercial role at Spark, he spent over a decade in senior legal roles in Australia and New Zealand, winning Australian Young In-house Lawyer of the Year before returning to Auckland in 2015. Grant has spoken at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and India about topics like legal innovation, emerging technology and workplace mental health. Experiencing the heartbreak of losing a close workmate to depression and suicide led him to become a staunch advocate for workplace mental health and a champion for change in this area. In 2017, Grant took up an informal role spearheading Spark’s vision and strategy for workplace mental health – developing a grassroots mental health movement which has evolved into a company-wide mental health initiative, aimed at delivering better mental health outcomes for Spark people.
Senior Legal Advisor
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
It is important at my current stage of my career to give back to the legal profession and I hope that my experience and background will allow me to be a beneficial member of the committee.
I would like to contribute to the in-house legal profession by sharing and developing with them to support other in-house lawyers so they have the means to do their jobs in the best way. I would like to share my passions to assist with smarter not faster tools of being great in-house lawyers. Sharing knowledge so we are all successful is important to me.
I am also passionate about supporting other sole counsel who may feel isolated both physically in the regions and also being an advisor alone within an organisation. It is now time for me to give back and connect with like-minded people who are passionate about being great lawyers.
I started my professional career in 2011, in the private sector (insurance). I held a variety of roles during my employment, not all have been legal roles, and these helped me appreciate the value of having an internal legally trained team assist with providing solutions to complex matters. The value of the work in-house lawyers do became very apparent. I have been working for the last 3.5 years in a tertiary organisation in the area of compliance interpreting and communicating relevant regulatory and legislative obligations via internal documentation.
In-house lawyers will deal with change frequently and this requires pragmatism, optimism, the ability to adapt, learn quickly, and resilience. I have developed these skills over my short career. Supporting the in-house profession is vitally important to contributing to the reputation and quality of the legal profession as a whole. This makes me passionate about connecting with, promoting and supporting in-house lawyers.
Legal Counsel – Team Manager
New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd t/as Scion
I've worked part-time at Scion (the forestry Crown Research Institute) in Rotorua for the last seven years. I'm part of a small in-house legal team providing advice on a wide range of topics including commercial and government contracts, intellectual property, legislative compliance and property transactions. I have also worked for 11 years in-house at a UK University and for five years in private practice.
Over the years I’ve volunteered at Baywide Community Law Centre, at Avalon Charitable Trust, and in various roles at my children’s schools. Recently I’ve helped develop our CRI lawyers network and organised BOP regional ILANZ meetings. I’m keen to now contribute to the wider profession and bring my perspective to the ILANZ Committee and to support our members and profession. I’m always happy to chat and would be love to hear directly from any ILANZ members.
I am employed as a Senior Solicitor with Auckland Council's Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. In my role I provide strategic and legal advice to internal stakeholders on litigation matters. I first joined Auckland Council in 2017, starting in the Regulatory Litigation team. Prior to this I worked in Central Government and in private practice.
I hold a Juris Doctor and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Bond University in Gold Coast. I also hold a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Otago.
I joined the ILANZ Committee because I can provide a Local and Central Government perspective backed with an understanding of the needs of in-house government lawyers. I am well versed in topical issues including mental health, cultural sensitivity and inclusion and diversity. With my expertise and passion I can make a significant contribution to supporting the ILANZ community. Finally, I have a keen interest in the lawtech/legaltech space and, I believe, I can contribute positively by suggesting how new technology can be used by the ILANZ community to provide efficient legal services.
I am a corporate finance lawyer specialising in all aspects of public and private M&A, equity capital markets and joint venture work. Over the last two decades, I have advised major industrials, small corporates, private equity and financial institutions on deals around the world. I also advise generally on corporate law issues, including to listed companies.
I am a real fan of ILANZ functions and activities here in Christchurch and it's always been something to look forward to especially in the last few years post-Quake. The work that ILANZ does is invaluable in supporting in-house lawyers and I look forward to serving on the committee.
I started my career at Marlborough District Council, I then had approximately 5 years in private practice before moving to Christchurch where I became an in-house lawyer in the trustee/financial services industry. In 2003 I was the National Trust Solicitor for Trustees Executors Limited. I am currently working as a solicitor for Legal Services in Inland Revenue, providing in-house legal services to National office as well as frontline staff across the country. While at IR, I have been on a committee which organised a national conference for over 150 tax advisors and solicitors. I am also a keen advocate of practising well and a qualified H & S rep.
In the last 20 years I've also raised two children who are now both at university. Apart from travelling, I love spending time in the NZ great outdoors, I also enjoy fine wine, opera music and choir singing. I joined the Christchurch City Choir after the 2011 earthquake and am now a member of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Symphonic Chorus – our debut of Mozart's Requiem last June proved to be a huge success.
Frieda has several years’ experience as in-house lawyer in the public sector and solicitor in private practice and is currently employed as In-House Legal Adviser for New Plymouth District Council. Before that she worked in both the Legal and Funding and Contracting Teams at the former Child, Youth and Family Services. Her legal career started at Buddle Findlay Wellington in 1997.
Frieda is excited to join the ILANZ Committee and looking forward to engaging with the wider profession. She brings a regional perspective to the scope of ILANZ being based in Taranaki and also represents Local Government lawyers. Having been involved with numerous ILANZ events over the years she is keen to work with committee members and contribute to our community.
Outside of work, Frieda loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband and children and practicing yoga.