ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Law Reform Adviser

  • Work with leading lawyers on law reform & ensure legislation is fit for purpose
  • Contribute to representing the profession & working in the public interest
  • Varied & intellectually challenging work in a political environment


We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our in-house law reform team, to assist our specialist committees make submissions on diverse, interesting and important law reforms. This is a great opportunity to make a practical contribution to supporting the administration of justice and rule of law in New Zealand. Law reform is one of the New Zealand Law Society’s statutory functions and is a key part of the legal profession’s engagement with government.


You’ll be working in the CBD with a collegial, supportive team of in-house lawyers, and liaising with lawyers across New Zealand who serve on our specialist committees. The work is challenging, varied and fast-paced, and requires a high level of judgment and political nous.


This is a full-time role but there may be some flexibility in hours for the right applicant. The role would be a good development opportunity for in-house lawyers wanting to gain insights into government policy and legislative processes, and a secondment may be able to be negotiated.


The ideal applicant will have:

  • A law degree (and ideally candidates will have 2+ years post-qualification experience)
  • An understanding of policy development and law-making
  • Strong analytical, project and time management skills
  • A high standard of accuracy, clarity and consistency in written and oral language
  • Political nous and diplomacy
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • A sense of humour


The Law Society is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and is keen to ensure that appointments reflect New Zealand’s multicultural society. Applications from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged.


For information on the Law Society’s law reform work, see


For a confidential discussion, additional information and a position description, please contact Damian Hanna on 021689916 or email


Applications close at 5pm on 2nd March 2020.