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A Quick Chat With....

A Quick Chat With....

By Website Administrator , | July 31, 2020 at 12:26 AM

Anitesh Govind, Senior Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Auckland Council& ILANZ Vice President 


Anitesh Govind Small2How long have you been on the ILANZ Committee for? I joined the ILANZ Committee in May 2020.

What do you hope to achieve as an ILANZ Committee member in the year ahead? I hope to build a greater awareness amongst our members of the role ILANZ plays for in-house lawyers. I am also keen to provide positive input towards law reforms affecting in-house lawyers.

What do you do? I am a Senior Solicitor in Auckland Council’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.

What do you like most about your job? I enjoy the variety of work that is offered in my role. In my role, I get to work on different matters (torts and contract based), insolvency matters, RMA matters and more.

What is a career highlight so far? One of the highlights would be appearing in the Court of Appeal as lead counsel.

What are some challenges or issues that you think in-house lawyers are facing today? I find that in-house lawyers typically have limited opportunities to work with new technology as it is costly for their organisations to implement. The high barriers of entry mean in-house lawyers fall behind in technological developments.

What are some fallacies that you have heard about in-house lawyers? That in-house lawyers do not go to Court. Depending on your role, as an in-house lawyer you get to undertake some of the most interesting litigation work.

What are your hobbies? Fishing, cooking, keeping fit, and digital marketing.

Anything else you would like to add? I am looking forward to meeting our ILANZ members and discussing ways in which I can make a difference. If you, as an ILANZ member, have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn or email at any time.