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Tangible benefits of membership include:

  • Membership of your professional association. Belonging to a professional body which requires high standards indicates that you and your employer also subscribe to and maintain high standards of practice

  • ‘Registered Legal Executive’ status for NZILE Affiliates, Associates and Fellows. There is no statutory protection of the title ‘legal executive’. Registration differentiates qualified and experienced legal executives from non-members whose firms call their staff legal executives, but who may or may not be qualified or even doing the work of a legal executive

  • Registered Legal Executives are entitled to associate membership of the New Zealand Law Society through their NZILE membership

  • Registered Legal Executives with at least 12 months experience can witness enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Registered Legal Executives, lawyers and appointed officers of trustee corporations are the only people eligible to witness donor signatures to EPAs.

  • Fellows of the Institute who work in the employment of a lawyer (as defined in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006) can witness statutory declarations under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957

  • Ongoing professional education through legal executive-specific branch seminars and the biennial NZLS CLE Ltd Legal Executive Conference (next in August 2019)

  • Member rates at branch seminars and the Legal Executives Conference

  • Collegiality and support through local networking opportunities

  • Our national journal Envoy, published quarterly, and branch newsletters

  • JobLink [link] employment liaison service for members looking for new roles and employers looking for legal executive staff

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Membership Criteria

There are five levels of NZILE membership:

Support

Support members are not  Registered Legal Executives. Support membership is relevant for people who are interested in being a member of NZILE but may not be qualified or, if they are qualified, may not meet the criteria for registered membership.

Affiliate

Affiliate members are Registered Legal Executives. They are qualified and meet the institute’s qualifying employment criteria:

  • Employed as a legal executive for at least 15 hours per week if working part-time
  • Working under the supervision of a lawyer who holds a current practising certificate
  • Doing at least 70% legal executive work if their role includes other aspects of legal work such as personal assistant, practice manager, trust accountant
Affiliate members who have been employed as a legal executive for at least 12 months may witness donor signatures to enduring powers of attorney under section 94A of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.

Affiliate members are required to complete at least five hours of Continuing Professional Development in each membership year as one of the prerequisites for renewing their annual registration.

Associate

Associate members are Registered Legal Executives who have been Affiliate members for at least three of the preceding five years and continue to meet the institute’s qualifying employment criteria. An ‘upgrade’ to Associate membership is by application to the NZILE National Council.

As Registered Legal Executives, Associate members may witness donor signatures to enduring powers of attorney under section 94A of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.

Associate members are required to complete at least 7.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development in each membership year as one of the prerequisites for renewing their annual registration.

Fellow

The highest level of registered status, for Registered Legal Executives who have been Associate members for at least five of the preceding eight years and continue to meet the institute’s qualifying employment criteria. An ‘upgrade’ to Fellow membership is by application to the NZILE National Council.

As Registered Legal Executives, NZILE Fellows may witness donor signatures to enduring powers of attorney under section 94A of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.

NZILE Fellows are also entitled to witness statutory declarations under section 9 of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 and they are ‘trusted referees’ who may certify identity verification documents under the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013.

Fellows are required to complete at least ten hours of Continuing Professional Development in each membership year as one of the prerequisites for renewing their annual registration. The CPD requirement for Fellows is the same as for lawyers.

Honorary Life

Honorary Life membership is awarded to retired members who have made a significant contribution to NZILE during their careers as legal executives. Seven members currently hold honorary life membership.



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