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Solicitor-Legal Advisor - Wellington and Auckland

07 August 2019

Royal Commission of Inquiry


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 five 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 Solicitor/Legal Advisor will provide specialist legal advice and support to the Royal Commission, as well as assisting with legal analysis and drafting, document management, conducting legal research, and assisting with training and support for other members of the Public Hearings and Investigations Team (including solicitors, investigators, counsel assisting and staff).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality specialist legal advice and support to the Solicitor Assisting, Senior Legal Adviser and the Public Hearings and Investigations
  • Team, as well as to the Commission and Commissioners as requested
  • Provide, or assist in providing, legal and evidential analysis of topics arising for the Royal Commission under its Terms of Reference
  • Conduct legal research and produce reliable and well-reasoned memoranda
  • Manage and analyse documents, information and Inquiries Act applications received during the inquiry
  • Work effectively with the Solicitor Assisting and Senior Legal Adviser to provide training and support for other members of the Public Hearings and Investigations Team as well as Counsel Assisting the Inquiry and the wider staff of the Secretariat 

Experience Required

  • Legal drafting, research and analysis skills - Proven ability to draft legal opinions, documents and memoranda; excellent legal research and analytical skills with high attention to detail
  • Communication skills – Has excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-managing - Manages own time, and prioritises tasks effectively, based on the needs of the Royal Commission.
  • Teamwork - Works with Public Hearings & Investigations Team and wider Commission members to achieve common goals.
  • Resilience - Copes with stress and challenges, can quickly bounce back from adversity or challenges
  • 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

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Position Description

Last updated on the 7th August 2019