New Zealand Law Society - Legal Counsel - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Legal Counsel - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland Council) is New Zealand's largest local authority providing essential services and facilities to over 1.6 million people. Our Ngā Ratonga Ture (Legal Services) team is proud to play a significant role in working to make Auckland the world's most liveable city and delivering Aucklander's great value for money.

We are seeking a solicitor with 2- 4 years PAE to join our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team as Legal Counsel. 

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

In this role, you will work within our team of highly experienced in-house litigators who deal with claims in contract and tort including building defect claims, LIMS, climate change, health & safety matters, coronial enquiries, claims for compensation under the Public Works Act and debt collection. The work is highly varied and covers a multitude of subject matters. A number of the cases that Council deals with involve novel and precedent-setting issues of law and are of public interest.

You will be an energetic and proactive member of a team of high performing litigation/dispute resolution professionals who are dedicated to delivering high quality legal services across the Council family. You will engage and build relationships with internal client groups to provide advice and support in the area of general civil litigation and dispute resolution, and health and safety matters. You will also work closely with our external legal providers.  

Click here for a copy of the position description.

He kōrero mōu: About you

Experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution is preferred. You will have the ability to deliver well written, technically robust legal advice, the ability to develop great stakeholder relationships, and you will have a confident and collaborative working style. This is an opportunity to utilise your interpersonal and relationship building skills while working across a large and varied portfolio. You will be focused on solutions and be able to support the organisation in managing risk and thinking proactively with great attention to detail but also have the ability to see the bigger picture. 

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is a rare opportunity to be part of a busy in-house litigation team and opportunity to make a difference in the community. We offer a very flexible working environment (including the ability to work from home) with the knowledge and support of other like-minded professionals You will be joining a supportive team of experienced solicitors who will assist you to develop in your role. This role will offer you variety, the opportunity to make an impact and profile yourself within the organisation, local government, inhouse counsel and the broader legal community, coupled with genuine work-life balance.  

If you are seeking a role that offers you variety, challenge and the opportunity to make a positive impact while working in a collaborative and fun environment, apply now.

For a confidential chat about the role, please contact Sarah Hann, Acting Associate General Counsel on 027 2129371 or Jess Leaming, Talent Acquisition Consultant

Please click here to apply

Applications close Monday, 11th September 2023

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process

Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.

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