ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


ILANZ Conference 2024

36th Annual ILANZ Conference

Blenheim, Marlborough Events Centre| 21 - 23 May 2024

From small beginnings over thirty years ago, the conference has grown to be a major event in the in-house community’s calendar, attracting more than 400 delegates. Our conference theme, Te Hunga Panoni, acknowledges our members as agents of change within an organisation.

Designed by in-house lawyers, for in-house lawyers, we aim to bring our members together and inspire professional and personal development by exploring a wide range of relevant issues - from big picture thinking to practical takeaways, legal to practice management, and soft skills to wellbeing. It provides an excellent opportunity to undertake targeted profession development toward members’ annual CPD requirements.

We also endeavour to provide significant networking opportunities during the conference as many in-house lawyers work in small teams or are sole practitioners. It’s also a great time to catch up with old friends and ex-colleagues, exchanging knowledge and spending time discussing the conference experience.

Programme outline
Tuesday 21 May:        Welcome Function, 5pm - 7pm
Wednesday 22 May:   Day 1 and Social Function, 8.30am - 10pm
Thursday 23 May:       Day 2 and Awards Dinner, 8.30am - late

We're excited to release the first of our keynote speakers - Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley, one of New Zealand's leading social scientists and economist, author and media commentator, Shamubeel Eaqub. Rachel Taulelei, a prominent business leader and a strong advocate for the Maori economy and Tawera Nikau, one of New Zealand’s most successful professional athletes.

Please find our programme here. Please note, that this is subject to change.




Why you need to attend:

  • Enhance your professional skills and knowledge 
  • Fulfill a large portion of your CPD hours for the year 
  • Network with peers, industry experts, suppliers and potential clients 
  • Explore exhibitor offerings to discover innovative tools, technology, and services to streamline your legal operations
  • Expose yourself to new ideas, connect with like-minded professionals and return to work feeling energised


Social Functions

The conference has three networking functions – a welcome function to open the conference, a social event on the middle evening and it concludes with celebrating outstanding practitioners in the in-house community at our Awards Dinner.

All conference registrations include attendance to the Welcome Function and Wednesday Social Function. Due to limited capacity, the Awards Dinner will be charged separately, which will be reflected in the registration cost.


Destination Marlborough

Marlborough is a unique destination – not for any one reason, but for many. Located at the top of the South Island, the Marlborough Events Centre is within walking distance of a number of excellent accommodation providers. Only Marlborough offers an array of outdoor pursuits in such a distinctive and picturesque landscape. With one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, the land and sea offer unlimited accessibility for sports and leisure in a setting that is as geographically diverse as it is beautiful. And only Marlborough has the environment that can produce its particular style of sauvignon blanc, celebrated the world over.


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