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Awards Criteria

Award category limits

  • A person can only be nominated in one of the individual award categories
  • An in-house team can only be nominated in one of the team award categories
  • A person or team may also be nominated for one or more special award categories
  • If nominations are received for a person or team outside these award category limits, the judges may disregard, re-categorise or merge the entries in their sole discretion.
  • ILANZ Executive Members (being the ILANZ President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) cannot be nominated in any individual award categories (but their colleagues and teams can be nominated for any other individual or team award categories)

 

 

Private Sector In-house Lawyer Award

The 2024 Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year (includes state owned enterprises and mixed ownership models) may be awarded to an in-house lawyer who has made a valuable contribution to their private sector organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to, or to deliver, the organisation’s objectives
  • Effective team relationships or management of internal and/or external relationships
  • Upholding or advancing best practice in the relevant private sector
  • Innovation and/or contribution to initiatives that have benefitted the wider organisation or wider industry

 

 

MC Public Sector In-house Lawyer Award

The 2024 MC Public Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year may be awarded to an in-house lawyer who has made a valuable contribution to their public sector organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to, or to deliver, the organisation’s objectives
  • Effective team relationships or management of internal and/or external relationships
  • Upholding public service ideals and objectives in delivery of legal services
  • Innovation and/or contribution to initiatives that have benefitted the wider organisation or wider public service 

 

 

MAS New In-house Lawyer Award

The 2024 MAS New In-house Lawyer of the Year may be awarded to an in-house lawyer who has been employed in-house roles for less than 5 years as at 31 March 2024 and has demonstrated their potential as a leading member of the In-house legal profession in New Zealand through:

  • Excellence in the provision of legal services that have significantly contributed to their organisation’s performance
  • Evidence of continued learning ability and capacity to develop knowledge of areas of law beyond those previously practiced
  • Demonstrating leadership potential
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation

Nominees should have been practising for no more than 10 years since the date on which they were first admitted to practice as a lawyer.

 

 

Sole In-house Lawyer Award

The 2024 Sole In-house Lawyer of the Year may be awarded to an in-house lawyer who operates an in-house legal function (either as a standalone function or as part of a specific business unit or function within the organisation) and has made a valuable contribution to their (public or private sector) organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to, or to deliver, the organisation’s objectives
  • Effective team relationships or management of internal and/or external relationships
  • Demonstrate sole in-house lawyer best practice including prioritised contributions, strategic relationships and alignment with the organisation’s initiatives
  • Innovation and/or contribution to initiatives that have benefitted the wider organisation or wider sector

 

 

Chapman Tripp Private Sector In-house Team Award

The 2024 Chapman Tripp Private Sector In-house Team of the Year Award may be awarded to an In-house legal team that has made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Demonstrated effective teamwork and management of relationships (internal stakeholders and external advisors)
  • Innovation and best practice
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation

 

 

Greenwood Roche Public Sector In-house Team Award

The 2024 Greenwood Roche Public Sector In-house Team of the Year Award may be awarded to an In-house legal team that has made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Demonstrated effective teamwork and management of relationships (internal stakeholders and external advisors)
  • Innovation and best practice
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation

 

 

Small In-house Team Award

The 2023 Small In-house Team of the Year Award may be awarded to an In-house legal team with no more than 10 full-time equivalent lawyers that has made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Demonstrated effective teamwork and management of relationships (internal stakeholders and external advisors)
  • Innovation and best practice
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation

 

 

Artemis In-house Innovation Award

The 2024 Artemis In-house Innovation Award may be awarded to an in-house lawyer or in-house legal team that made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Demonstrating excellence in innovation in the delivery of in-house legal services
  • trying new ways to deliver legal services that are more effective or efficient
  • Creating a safe environment where staff are comfortable to experiment, make mistakes and learn together
  • Encouraging creativity, innovation, and thinking outside the box

Nominations in this category could relate to a specific project, problem or opportunity – or broader approach to innovation on topics such as culture, people, technology or process.

 

 

Simpson Grierson People and Culture Excellence Award

One of the signs of a healthy workplace culture is the ability to celebrate our failures and successes together. This award recognises an in-house legal team that fosters and prioritises best practice in team culture through: 

  • Maintaining a high-trust, safe and supported environment for team members and colleagues (internal and external) who work with the team
  • Demonstrating a commitment to collaboration, inclusivity and diversity within the team
  • Providing excellent personal and professional development support, opportunities and programmes for team members
  • Being considered by their organisation as an approachable team who display highly developed soft skills in all that they do for the organisation

 

 

ComplyWith Community Contribution Award

Many lawyers voluntarily support community activities, legal and otherwise, such as: 

- Assisting with Community Law Centres
- Lobbying on behalf of interest groups
- Helping not-for-profits with their legal work
- Volunteering for charities
- Supporting the arts
- Involvement with cultural, sports and youth groups

The 2024 CompyWith Community Contribution Award may be awarded to an In-house lawyer or in-house legal team who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession or to the community beyond their “day job” through: 

  • The nature of the volunteering activity and level of commitment
  • Demonstrating leadership qualities and / or working collaboratively with others
  • Bringing useful and innovative ideas or solutions to address the challenges or needs of the relevant profession, organisation or community
  • Making an overall positive and meaningful impact on the relevant profession, organisation or community

$5,000 in funding will be awarded to a community organisation of the winners choice. 

 

 

Eligibility

All lawyers employed or engaged by organisations in an in-house capacity and holding a current NZLS in-house practicing certificate are eligible for the 2024 Awards.

The 2024 award period runs from 1 March 2023 until the closing date for nominations. Activities started prior to 1 March 2023 can be included in nominations as long they continued into the award period. There are specific eligibility criteria for each awards category.

Members of the judging panels and the ILANZ Executive Committee members are not eligible for consideration in the individual award categories.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

By submitting your proposal, you agree to the ILANZ Award Nomination Terms & Conditions (including your consent for ILANZ to use, adapt, and publish the content of your nomination as part of the ILANZ Conference and Awards events).

When completed, the Nomination Form and supporting documents must be returned via email to [email protected] 

Nominations must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday, 16 February 2024.