About the Network

More than 850 lawyers across New Zealand's public sector form the Government Legal Network (GLN). It is their dedication to public service and the Rule of Law that supports the effective working of government. The Government Legal Network offers a shared pathway of legal expertise, professional development, and service to the Crown and New Zealanders.


Lawyers in the Government Legal Network provide expert legal leadership to the Crown. Technical excellence and integrity are cornerstones of the working environment. 

From graduates to senior officials – in core departments and specialised agencies across the country – government lawyers engage in challenging and rewarding work at the heart of New Zealand’s governance.  Through a range of seminars and professional development opportunities, they stay informed about recent developments in the law and play a leading role in upholding best practice.


With over 800 lawyers in central government, and an additional 350 in wider public sector agencies, the Government Legal Network is a shared pathway of Law. 

Public sector practice sees lawyers immersed in an environment of collaborative expertise.  Cross-agency projects are common and lawyers have access to excellent professional development opportunities through secondments and participation in specialised Practice Groups including Employment Law; Procurement and Commercial Law; ICT Law; Human Rights; International Law; Treaty-Māori Issues; Resource Management; Legislation; and Prosecution.


On any given day, lawyers in the GLN are representing the Crown in the Courts, lending expertise to policy development, negotiating significant commercial agreements, drafting legislation and advancing New Zealand’s strategic interests on the global stage.  Lawyers in the Government Legal Network are engaged in what they do and bring passion and flair to their work.  If you choose a career in government, you are making a conscious decision to use your talent and dedication to make a difference.