ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand



You can find details of our speakers and sessions here. The programme and session information will be on the Conference App - available 28 September. 

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Tuesday, 4 October 2022


Registration desk open at The Limes Room


Welcome Function at The Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall 



Day 1: Wednesday, 5 October 2022


Registration desk open and refreshments from 9:15 - 9:45am


Mihi Whakatau & Day 1 Open - MC & ILANZ President


Session 1: Rakaia Room

Topic: Future focus for in-house lawyers

Keynote Presenter:  Craig Hudson, Managing Director, New Zealand and Pacific Islands



Session 2, A: Rakaia Room

Topic: A note to my younger in-house self: how to fly rather than float

Presenters: Andrew Cordner (Director of Legal, Fonterra), Helen White (Head of Legal and Democratic Services, Christchurch City Council) and Silv Roest (Lead Legal Business Partner and Company Secretary, Spark NZ) – facilitated by Sophie Mentink (ILANZ Committee Member)

Session 2, B: Conway 2

Topic: Flourishing as an In-house Lawyer - Out of the Quicksand

Presenter: Madeleine Shaw, Executive Coach

Session 2, C: Conway 1

Topic: Delegate using Data not Drama

Presenter: Sian Wingate, Legal Operations Manager and Coach






Session 3: Rakaia room

Topic: A Forward-Looking Lens: Preparing for Modern Slavery Laws

Presenters: Nicola Swan (Partner, Chapman Tripp) & Sarah Retter (Head of Legal at Fujitsu), Facilitated by Jo Appleyard (Partner, Chapman Tripp)


Session 4, A: Rakaia Room

Topic: Better together: building an effective partnership with external counsel

Presenters: Hayden Wilson (Chair and Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan), Victoria White (General Counsel and Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan) & Karyn O’Loughlin (General Counsel, DB)

Session 4, B: Conway 2

Topic: Debate: Do you need private practice experience as inhouse lawyer?

Presenters: Benjamin Jacobs, Sian Wingate, Alice Balme & Gwendoline Keel Facilitated by Lynda Frew

Session 4, C: Conway 1

Topic: Climate Change disclosures - statutory requirements & role of in-house lawyers

Presenter: Amelia Sharman, XRB


Afternoon Tea


Session 5: Rakaia Room

Topic: Mood and Motivation

Keynote Presenter: Dr Paul Wood


Day 1 Close – MC 


Thomson Reuters Function @ The Tannery



Day 2: Thursday, 6 October 2022


Registration desk open


Day 2 Open –  MC 


Session 6: Rakaia Room

Topic: The role tikanga plays in the way lawyers interpret/apply law

Presenter: Ethan Jerome-Leota, Tainui (Waikato)


Session 7: Rakaia Room

Topic: Raising visibility of the legal function within the business

Panel: Helen Wild (General Counsel, Auckland Council) & Marise Winthrop (General Counsel, Livestock Improvement Corporation) & Melissa Soh-Newstead (General Counsel and Company Secretary, SilverFern Farms) - Facilitated by Hiramai Rogers (ILANZ Committee Member)


Morning Tea


Session 8, A: Rakaia Room

Topic: Climate change, natural hazards and Council information: current LGOIMA requirements and future reforms.

Panel: Vivienne Wilson (Senior Legal Counsel, Christchurch City Council) and Mike Wakefield (Partner, Simpson Grierson). Facilitated by Sophie Meares (ILANZ Committee Member)

Session 8, B: Conway 2

Topic: Connecting the dots between Mood and Food

Presenter: Bronwyn Hudson, Founder: Fuel Your Wellbeing

UnSession 8, C: Conway 1

Facilitated by ILANZ Committee Member/s




Session 9, A: Rakaia Room

Topic: How to get time back to focus on the high-value work we come in-house to do

Fireside chat with: Shaun Plant (Chief Legal Evangelist, LawVu), Sarah Thorner Crossley (Senior Legal Advisor, Zespri International) and Fiona McLeod (General Counsel, Nelson City Council)

UnSession 9, B: Conway 2

Facilitated by ILANZ Committee Member/s


Session 9, C: Conway 1

Topic: Governance, Risk and Compliance

Presenter: Louise Unger, Commerce Commission


Session 10: Rakaia Room

Topic: Cultivating Confidence – how I put myself up, to go forward

Presenter: Miriam Dean, King’s Counsel and a director of Ōtākaro Limited, Chorus Limited, REINZ and chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. 


Afternoon Tea


Session 11: Rakaia Room

Topic: Q&A

Keynote Presenter: Dame Sophie Pascoe DNZM


Day 2 Close – MC & Conference Director


Niche Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at Te Pae Convention Centre


The ILANZ UnSessions provide the opportunity for conference delegates to discuss ideas, issues and topics relating to the in-house community. We highly encourage you to send us your ideas and topics you think would be useful and relevant to discuss between peers at conference. Get in touch with us at [email protected].  Delegates will have a chance to vote on their preferred topic with the most popular being chosen.