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Legal Team Leader - Wellington

07 August 2019

Royal Commission of Inquiry

Location:Wellington (or possibly Auckland)

The Royal Commission:The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions was established in February 2018. Over the next four years, the Commission will investigate the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults who were in the care of state and faith-based institutions in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 and examine ways to stop further abuse.

It is critical for the Royal Commission to collaborate with members of the Māori Partnership team to bring kaupapa, tikanga and te reo Māori approaches to development of the Royal Commission work programme and ensure that the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are applied.

For more information on the Royal Commission please see our website.

The role of Legal Team Leader is a pivotal role within the Public Hearings and Investigations directorate and will report to the Solicitor Assisting. The Legal Team Leader will provide specialist legal and managerial services within the Public Hearings and Investigations Directorate headed by the Solicitor Assisting, and to Counsel Assisting, the Royal Commission and the Commissioners, as required.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and effective management of a team of solicitors and support staff with varying levels of experience and backgrounds
  • Providing specialist legal advice and legal support to the Senior Legal Advisor, Counsel Assisting and the Public Hearings and Investigations Team, as well as to the Commissioners as requested.
  • Overseeing legal research and analysis
  • Training and support of other members of the Public Hearings and Investigations directorate (including solicitors, investigators, specialists and staff).
  • Work with members of the Māori Partnerships directorate to bring kaupapa, tikanga and te reo Māori approaches to the Royal Commission work programme and ensure that the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are applied
  • Provide advice and support to other directorates as required

Experience Required

  • Experience in working within litigation settings, ideally inquisitorial
  • Drafting/Legal writing and research/legal analysis – Proven ability to draft legal notices, protocols/procedural minutes as well as internal and external communications. Proven legal research and analysis skills.
  • Operational compliance - Proven ability to advise on and establish protocols, procedures, processes and systems and lead operational compliance
  • Reputation - Has a reputation for providing exceptional people leadership, team culture and team performance
  • Resilience - Cope with stress and challenges, can quickly bounce back from adversity or challenges.
  • Integrity - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  • Self-managing - Manages own time, and prioritises tasks effectively, based on the needs of the business.
  • Bachelor of Law Degree required (LLB)
  • Holds a current practising certificate from the New Zealand Law Society or has the ability to obtain a practising certificate quickly

Position description

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Last updated on the 7th August 2019