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General Counsel - Retail - Auckland

13 August 2019

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Do you want to lead and develop a specialist in-house legal team, and help lead the business as a member of the Senior Leadership team?

Public Trust is seeking an experienced senior leader to head up our Retail Legal team as General Counsel, Retail. This role is a key business partner for our Retail business, and a member of our enterprise Senior Leadership team.

About the role:

You will be responsible for managing our Retail Legal team which operates as an internal law firm, delivering specialist legal advice to Public Trust's front line advisers. You will lead a team of 21 solicitors and Legal Executives who are specialists in trusts and estate law. You will contribute to the organisation as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and report directly to the GM Legal and Governance. Responsibilities include:

  • Coaching, developing and managing a high performing team of passionate, committed and capable people with the right skills and experience
  • Creating and maintaining a strong business partnering relationship with the Retail Leadership team and being integrated in the business
  • Managing and maximising individual and team productivity and revenue targets
  • Ensuring processes and systems are effective for work allocation to support Retail with the right work being done at the right level and meeting SLAs
  • Developing and maintaining modern legal precedents, material and tools to assist the business in delivering quality services, with simplicity being a clear guiding principle.
  • Business development for our external brand.

While we would prefer the role be based at our Auckland CBD head office, we can consider other locations for the right applicant.

What we're looking for:

Excellent leadership skills are essential, with a well-developed ability to manage workflow and drive the team. You will be results driven, with a dedication to productivity and revenue, as the Retail Legal team are responsible for a significant contribution to our Retail revenue. You will have a proven ability to mentor and develop a professional legal team, develop career pathways and plan for succession. You need to have a current legal practicing certificate from the NZ Law Society and at least 10 years' senior legal experience (in-house or in a legal firm). A well-developed expertise in trusts and estates law is preferable but isn't a must as we have a team who are experts in this!

In return:

Public Trust is taking the lead in educating New Zealanders on the importance of planning for their future. In order to do this we need people who are self-motivated, positive and that genuinely want to make a difference. We offer competitive remuneration, career progression, the chance to work with leading professionals and the opportunity to be a part of an organisation that has a proud history and a strategic, aspirational future.

We offer a range of staff benefits including an additional day of leave for your birthday and a wide range of discounts on insurance, banking, travel, car hire and more.

Flexible hours and the possibility of some working from home is available for the right candidate.

About Public Trust:

Public Trust is New Zealand's largest and most experienced trustee services organisation. We provide specialist advice and care across a range of trust, estate management and investment services to New Zealanders. As a Crown Entity, we have an important role to play in guiding and supporting Kiwis, which we're fulfilling by building a strong, sustainable and growing business.

We are proud of what we have achieved over the last 140 years and we are passionate about helping thousands of families and businesses look after what is important to them. Our promise to New Zealanders is that we'll do what it takes to earn their enduring trust.

To apply:

If you are interested in this role, apply now via our careers site For any queries please email us at (Please note: Applications must be submitted online via our careers site and will not be accepted via email).

Please note: applications will be reviewed as they come in and interviews may commence prior to the close date of Sunday 1st September, 5 pm so don't delay making an application.

Last updated on the 13th August 2019