Thursday 28 November 2024 | VIADUCT EVENTS CENTRE, AUCKLAND

Congratulations on being shortlisted as an excellence awardee in the 2024 New Zealand Law Awards!

The New Zealand Law Awards recognise and highlight the outstanding achievements of those at the forefront of industry best practices and leadership.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 28 November 2024 at the Viaduct Events Centre, in Auckland. Make sure you are there to celebrate your success with your team!


We conducted a call for nominations from June to July 2024 and received hundreds of nominations. This was followed by an intensive research period to verify the nominations and ensure that those selected as excellence awardees were the most deserving.

As the publisher of NZ Lawyer, we have an unparalleled presence in the industry, making the nomination and research process exceptionally comprehensive.

More information about the process is available here.


As an excellence awardee in the 2024 NZ Law Awards, you will receive national recognition both in the lead-up to the event and in the post-event coverage (if you attend the awards ceremony). Please note:

  • You are welcome to share this achievement within your organisation immediately; however, all external announcements are embargoed until Thursday 5 September 2024, when we’ll announce the excellence awardees on NZ Lawyer and the New Zealand Law Awards website.
  • Your nomination will now be forwarded to an independent panel of judges comprising leaders and senior representatives from the legal industry. The panel will assess the nominations and vote for the winners in each category according to the relevant criteria.
  • To help us make the event more memorable, please provide 1 video following the instructions below, by Friday 20 September.
  • Winners will be announced on Thursday 28 November at the highly anticipated awards gala dinner. Book your table at the awards ceremony to ensure you are there to celebrate your success with your team. Bookings can be made online here.


The NZ Law Awards team will put together a compilation with all the excellence awardees videos to show at the awards night. This is an opportunity for the excellence awardees to showcase their work, or to simply put a face to their name! If you wish to be part of this, please provide a short video following the instructions below by Friday 20 September.


  • The video should be a max 5-10 seconds clip of yourself or your organisation/team;
  • This could be anything, such as: filming yourself or your team in the office; saying ‘hi’ in front of your company logo; doing something fun; showcasing some interesting activities you have organised with your team.
  • Do not include any audio or text: we will add background music and text;
  • The video should be recorded 16:9 (horizontally) in high resolution;
  • If possible, use a tripod;
  • Try to avoid light behind you and make sure that there is sufficient light on each face;
  • Save the video with the name of the nominee (Name, surname, organisation name for individual awards; Organisation name for company awards);
  • When ready, the videos must be sent to [email protected] via email, a shared folder or WeTransfer


Thursday, 5 September, 2024

Excellence Awardees announcement

The excellence awardees are announced on NZ Lawyer and the NZ Law awards website

Friday, 20 September, 2024

Excellence awardee video due

Send your video to [email protected] via email, a shared folder or WeTransfer, following the specs above.

Friday, 1 November, 2024

Guest information due

If you purchase a seat/table, all your guest details (including their dietary restrictions and email address) must be provided via the link in the registration confirmation email by this date.

Thursday, 28 November, 2024

New Zealand Law Awards gala dinner at the Viaduct Events Centre, in Auckland

More information can be found below or here. Book your table here.


7:00 PMNetworking drinks
7:30 PM – 10:30 PMAwards ceremony and gala dinner
10:30 PM – 12:00 AMDrinks and dancing


Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

171 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


Black tie (tuxedo/business suit/long gown/cocktail dress)


Urzila Carlson

The Hipstamatics
Party Band


  1. Debt Market Deal Of The Year
  2. Equity Market Deal Of The Year
  3. Project Finance Deal Of The Year
  4. M&A Deal Of The Year
  5. Insolvency And Restructuring Deal Of The Year
  6. Mid-Market Deal Of The The Year
  7. Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Of The Year
  8. Employment Law Specialist Firm Of The Year
  9. Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm Of The Year
  10. Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm Of The Year
  11. Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm Of The Year
  12. Insurance Specialist Law Firm Of The Year
  13. Chisholm Clarke Young Private Practice Lawyer Of The Year (35 Or Under)
  14. Young In-House Lawyer Of The Year (35 Or Under)
  15. Financial Services In-House Team Of The Year
  16. Energy In-House Team Of The Year
  17. Telecommunications In-House Team Of The Year
  18. Russell McVeagh In-House Team Of The Year
  19. James & Wells In-House Lawyer Of The Year
  20. Fluid Legal Recruitment Employer Of Choice (<100 Lawyers)
  21. Realaml Employer Of Choice (>100 Lawyers)
  22. LexisNexis Boutique Law Firm Of The Year
  23. LEAP Legal Software Mid-Size Law Firm Of The Year
  24. Robert Walters Large Law Firm Of The Year
  25. Law Firm Leader Of The Year (>100 Lawyers)
  26. Law Firm Leader Of The Year (≤100 Lawyers)


Accepting the award
If your firm wins, please discuss beforehand who will go up on stage to accept the award from the presenter. As the program is running to strict time, please refrain from making a speech. N.B. If you are an excellence awardee in two categories in a row, please make sure you have two different people present to collect the award in case you win. The first person who collects the award may still be outside having their photo taken while the winner of the next award is being announced.

Photographs and video
Immediately after accepting your award, a Key Media staff member will escort you off stage to the media station for an official photograph and brief interview.

The New Zealand Law Awards is a spectacular black-tie gala evening, where over 600 industry leaders gather for a night of celebration, fine dining and exciting live entertainment. Every award winner present on the night will have their photo featured in the post-event coverage.

Book your table now and ensure you are there on the night to celebrate your success with your team.

Congratulations again and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

The NZ Law Awards team

Book your table here!