New Zealand Law Society - Senior Crown Counsel — Constitutional & Human Rights Team

Senior Crown Counsel — Constitutional & Human Rights Team

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

Mō mātou | About us

Te Tari Ture o te Karauna Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government in matters that affect all New Zealanders, particularly in the areas of criminal, public and administrative law. At Crown Law you will work with leading public lawyers and find professional challenges that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s rewarding and challenging work that will see you making your mark. More information about our mahi can be found on our website.

Mō te Tūranga | About the Role

We are looking to appoint a Senior Crown Counsel to one of Crown Law’s Constitutional & Human Rights Teams. The Constitutional & Human Rights Teams undertake novel and interesting work and a wide variety of litigation. For example, in the last year counsel have:

  • provided advice to Government and defended claims on the human rights implications of COVID-19 restrictions
  • defended a claim that a Police shooting breached the right not to be deprived of life
  • appeared in the Supreme Court defending a claim that the Electoral Act was inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act

The role would suit a senior practitioner with the ability to oversee a wide range of high profile and complex advice and litigation at the same time as providing strategic and professional leadership within the team, the wider office, and the Government Legal Network. You will advise clients at the centre of government, including Ministers and Chief Executives. The mentoring and development of counsel are key elements of the role, and Senior Crown Counsel also play a key role in the effective management of work within the team.

The successful candidate will provide expertise in relation to the powers and functions of government, judicial review of executive action, and the conduct of large-scale civil litigation, especially in relation to constitutional and/or human rights issues. You will contribute to the Constitutional & Human Rights Teams’ proven track record of:

  • conducting high-level litigation for public sector agencies
  • working with senior counsel and recognised experts in their fields
  • advising Government on legal risk, policy development and law reform, and constitutional issues 

Crown Law has offices in Wellington and Auckland, and we would consider an appointment in either office.

Crown Law embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace.  We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees.  We also support different flexible working arrangements to enable us to be at our best.  Please talk to us about how we can make this work for you.

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 are able to 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

To be considered for this position 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.

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

View a copy of the Job Description.

Please apply for this role online. 

Applications close: 5pm, Thursday, 17 November 2022 

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