New Zealand Law Society - Crown Counsel, Public Law 1 - Crown Legal Risk Group

Crown Counsel, Public Law 1 - Crown Legal Risk Group

  • Te Tari Ture o te Karauna - Crown Law
  • Wellington or Auckland based
  • Permanent or Secondment

Be at the forefront of constitutional and public law practice – advising and representing the Crown in a dynamic, stimulating and collegial working environment.

Mō mātou | About us

At Crown Law you will find professional challenges that you won’t find anywhere else. It is rewarding and challenging mahi that will see you making your mark.

Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the government which includes judicial review of government actions, constitutional questions including Treaty of Waitangi issues, the enforcement of criminal law and the protection of revenue. Crown Law also administers the prosecution process in the criminal justice system, including trials on indictment before juries and provides leadership to several Government networks.

Mō te Tūranga | About the Role

We are looking to appoint a Crown Counsel in the Crown Legal Risk Group, working in one of the Public Law teams.  The focus of this team’s work is natural resources, including climate change, conservation, environment, fisheries, biosecurity, and resource management.  In addition, the team works collaboratively with other teams across Crown Law on a wide range of issues. 

We would like to hear from experienced lawyers who are interested in:

  • Advice work, litigation, mediation and negotiation for the Crown, working alongside experienced and junior lawyers.
  • Joining a diverse team of great people, who are committed to a collegial, supportive and enjoyable environment and care about the issues they are working on.
  • Taking a professional leadership role in helping to develop junior staff and develop relationships with our departmental clients.

This role is for a Crown Counsel who will be performing at an intermediate or senior level, in terms of the responsibilities, skills and experience outlined in the Position Description.

A role in the Crown Legal Risk Group offers:

  • Cutting-edge work spanning a range of generalist public law areas including natural resource law, defence and security, immigration, human rights, education and social security law.
  • Development opportunities for anyone wanting to pursue a public law and litigation career. It provides great opportunities for appearances at all court levels.
  • Opportunities to advise on issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Contact with Ministers.
  • Autonomy in terms of taking charge of files.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with colleagues in other agencies.
  • Opportunities to mentor and develop more junior staff.

We would like to talk to people with a range of skill-sets. We are interested in public sector experience, practical problem-solving skills, and people skills. Litigation experience is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

You will be joining an organisation that values diversity, work-life balance and flexibility, and prides itself on creating opportunities for our team to grow. We take pride in all we do, value our differences, look after the mana of other people, recognise our impact on others and care about each other. Having knowledge and understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori is recognised and valued within the organisation. 

To be considered for a position at Crown Law you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand and are required to complete a Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Check.

Ngā ture e pā ana ki te Mate Urutā | COVID-19 vaccination requirements:

Crown Law strongly encourages its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a part of the job application process, we ask that applicants voluntarily disclose their vaccination status. Where disclosed, the information is held anonymously, without names. The reason for this is so that we can keep sight of our organisational vaccination baseline over coming months, as the COVID-19 environment continues to change at pace.

Tēnā tonoa mai | Apply Now

All applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and transcript.

Most of the team is based in the Wellington office but Auckland-based candidates will also be considered. Please indicate in your cover letter your preferred location.

Please apply for this role online

Applications close: 5pm, 17 October 2022.

View a copy of the Job Description.

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