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Welcome to the website for TRADEMARK, the TRADEMARK. TRADEMARK is a section of the New Zealand Law Society, established in 1987, to meet the needs of inhouse lawyers. We have over 1500 members from corporate and government organisations in New Zealand (for more background see about TRADEMARK ).  TRADEMARK has an exciting range of events and initiatives for 2007 including the annual conference in Christchurch held 17-18th May, a Working Parents Forum, and a series of monthly north and south seminars and functions.

Are you a current member and want to log on to the members' section? See the Christmas edition of e-TRADEMARK for your login details. Are you not yet a member of TRADEMARK but want to join? Go to Membership and then Register in the index on the left of this site. Have any questions about registration? Email #

The TRADEMARK committee is looking forward to a busy year ahead serving our members.  We will continue to improve the leadership, support and membership benefits we provide to you to ensure TRADEMARK is the association for in-house lawyers in New Zealand.  You will be aware that the legal profession is undergoing substantial reform and TRADEMARK has been playing its part in ensuring a robust debate on the new model and rules, particularly as they relate to in-house practice.  We will keep you updated with progress in this key area.  We are looking at how membership of TRADEMARK works to ensure that people are fully engaged as members.  This is your association and we welcome your participation.

ACLA Annual Conference - Melbourne
1-2 NOVEMBER 2007

If you are interested in learning from our in-house friends across the Tasman, please click here for details on the ACLA National Conference. Click here to download the conference program.


The New Zealand Law Society has published draft new Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers. These new Rules are required under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act and will replace the current Rules of Professional Conduct for Barristers & Solicitors published in “the red book”. TRADEMARK has provided NZLS with submissions on the draft Rules. More than 60 General Counsel and Chief Legal Advisers representing leading corporates and government agencies have delivered an open letter to the Law Society calling for further consideration of a meaningful client care charter and more meaningful representation reflecting the modern practice of law. 

For the Draft Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Laywers, please click here

For the TRADEMARK submission, please 
click here

For the Open Letter to the NZ Law Society, please click here

For a 1-page outline of key issues by TRADEMARK, please
click here

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 disbands the current District Law Societies. The Societies have previously planned to "re-incorporate" under the Act but the Auckland District Law Society has recently floated a suggestion that District Law Societies don't incorporate but instead "become part of NZLS with NZLS taking responsibility for managing all regulatory and representative functions through regional and district branch offices". This proposal is being discussed by the New Zealand Law Society, the current District Societies, and the Sections of the New Zealand Law Society (including TRADEMARK) now. TRADEMARK sees this as a sensible way to provide for regional representation of practitioners while at the same time helping prevent a duplication of roles and resources. TRADEMARK welcomes your views. For a copy of the paper from the Auckland District Law Society, click here . To comment on the proposal please email

using your external law firms to help provide community services

Many corporates provide community services these days, both supporting individual volunteer employees and giving more corporate support. Intel has taken it one step further. Their in-house legal team put out an RFP for external firms to help the internal team with pro bono on community service provides. Intel went with Baker & Mckenzie with which it had done work before but it emphasised that it wasn't important whether or not it had a previous business relationship. The initiative followed an extensive survey of legal staff that the company did last year, looking at what volunteer work the legal staff did and what impediments to doing community service work there were at the company.



South Auckland Legal Teams - This group
meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4pm.  Current participants include the legal teams of CHH, Dominion Breweries, Fisher & Paykel Appliances and Finance, Manukau City Council and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.   

Any one part of an Auckland in-house legal team south of the city is eligible to participate. 

Anyone interested can email
Rebecca Holbrook


All TRADEMARK members lead busy lives, but many of us have the added complication of juggling childcare responsibilities as well. 

TRADEMARK is setting up regular forums in Auckland and Wellington for early in the New Year, where working parents can meet and share their ideas and experiences.  View current events by clicking here .

Anyone interested can contact
Helen Mackay





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