ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand



What is ILANZ?

The In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ) is a section of the New Zealand Law Society. Previously called the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ), it was established in 1987 to meet the professional needs of in-house lawyers, including practice-sharing, networking and professional development. 

It recognises the distinct needs and concerns of lawyers providing professional legal services to their employers. ILANZ members are New Zealand lawyers working in the private sector, public sector, not-for-profit and other organisations. ILANZ has approximately 3,400 members who make up 28% of the legal profession in New Zealand. 


Our Purpose & Values

ILANZ works to connect, support and lead the in-house community. We value being:

  • Member focused
  • Collaborative
  • Quality driven, and
  • Innovative


International Alliances

ILANZ has strong alliances with corporate counsel organisations around the world, including being a member of In-house Counsel Worldwide (ICW). ICW is a global network of associations that is focused on the profession of in-house counsel. Member associations form a community of international in-house counsel working together to promote the value of the in-house profession; share knowledge and best practices across borders; and foster global connections.

ILANZ also has informal alliances with other organisations including:

ACC Australia - Association of Corporate Counsel Australia

ACC - Association of Corporate Counsel 

ACC Newsstand - Lexology - a daily news feed with practice-specific global and national news



The ILANZ Rules, which address ILANZ objectives and membership, are available here.


Valued Partners of ILANZ

Bell Gully

Key Focus: ILANZ-Bell Gully General Counsel Forum

Regular forum for General Counsel and Chief Legal Advisors to discuss issues and hear from speakers on topics relevant to managing the in-house legal function.



Key Focus: Accounting and Forensic Technology

Provides regular ‘Know Your Numbers’ Workshops created specifically for in-house lawyers to improve financial literacy and receive CPD.



Key Focus: General topics
relating to in-house lawyers which include privacy and ethics.

Offers 4 seminars, workshops or webinars based in both Auckland and Wellington.


New valued partner as of June 2022. Key Focus: Collegiality and Wellbeing


Provides 3 annual social networking events or webinars created to assist in-house lawyers with a focus of well-being and collegiality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 


Law Reform

ILANZ regularly provides feedback, comments and submissions to New Zealand Law Society’s Law Reform on issues affecting in-house lawyers. You can find any recent law reform submissions here.