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.
"Having something like the GLN, which is able to coordinate different groups and share knowledge, is such a valuable resource".
(Erin Judge, Chief Legal Advisor, Oranga Tamariki)
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 circa 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-Maori Issues; Resource Management; Legislation; and Prosecution.