The Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) is a section of the New Zealand Law Society. CLANZ was established in 1987 to meet the needs of in-house lawyers including information sharing and networking. It recognises the distinct interests and needs of lawyers providing professional services to their employers. CLANZ members are New Zealand lawyers working in corporate, governmental and other organisations, rather than in private practice. CLANZ has approximately 2150 members who are practising in-house lawyers, from about 11,000 lawyers in New Zealand. The CLANZ Committee is elected by members at the annual conference in May.
Mission and goals
CLANZ’s mission is to provide leadership, support and relevant membership benefits to in-house lawyers.
We seek to:
- Serve the needs of in-house lawyers by providing members with the resources and the network that they need to better serve their organisations
- Promote the value of in-house lawyers and demonstrate their multi-faceted roles
- Promote the objects of, and operate as, a section of the New Zealand Law Society
- Provide leadership to those providing in-house legal services
- Provide and encourage professional networking opportunities
- Act as the voice and public face of in-house lawyers
- Identify and develop professional development opportunities
- Offer up-to-date information on national and international trends in the provision of in-house legal service
CLANZ also has and leverages from alliances with Corporate Counsel organisations around the world, including a formal International Co-operation Agreement with:
CLANZ has informal alliances with other organisations including:
- ACC – Association of Corporate Counsel
- IBA – International Bar Association
The CLANZ rules, which address CLANZ objects and membership, are available here in pdf format.