A quick chat with: Herman Visagie, ILANZ Committee Member & 2017 Conference Director
How long have you been on the ILANZ Committee for?
I am a brand new member having joined at the AGM earlier this year.
What do you hope to achieve as an ILANZ Committee member in the year ahead?
I hope to run a fantastic conference and help ILANZ better serve regional members through helping enable digital access to some of the awesome content that ILANZ produces.
What do you do?
I am General Counsel for TSB Bank.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the role of a really general General Counsel as it allows me to get involved with so many different pieces of work across the organisation.
What is a career highlight so far?
There are many, but in thinking about them the highlights have always been about getting something done as part of a team. This has ranged from me getting my first draft of a major government discussion document approved to the launch of a greatly simplified customer on-boarding process at the bank.
What are some challenges or issues that you think in-house lawyers are facing today?
In-house lawyers have the same challenges as everyone else in an economically challenging environment – the push to do more with less and the pressure to be a ‘jack of all trades’. In many ways I think the most challenging aspect is the need to do a lot of work which is not strictly legal, which not only requires a much broader skill set but also a very different way of thinking. It is part of the fun though!
What are some fallacies that you have heard about in-house lawyers?
The biggest one is that we are not real lawyers. In many ways it is a different type of lawyering, but fundamentally we are still part of the profession.
What are your hobbies?
I have a lot of interests. I am currently doing props for the New Plymouth Operatic Society’s production of Sister Act. Outside of that I am actively involved with the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership Network. I also love to get outdoors (particularly in lovely Taranaki summers) and travel a lot. In the next few months I will be off to the USA and Japan which I am most excited about!
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am really excited about the conference next year. I am very eager to use the opportunity to explore the future of the profession and can't wait to construct a great agenda!