New Zealand Law Society - Senior Legal Adviser

Senior Legal Adviser

Company Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading University. With over 6000 academic and professional staff supporting over 46,000 students, we are one of NZ’s largest employers. We have eight academic faculties and 11 service divisions creating a diverse, dynamic and complex organisational culture that demands excellence.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are looking for a Senior Legal Adviser to join our team! In this role, you will provide legal advice and services on contractual matters, including complex research, service and consulting contracts and other legal matters. You will work collaboratively and flexibly across the Legal Services team to manage the portfolio of legal work within the Office of the General Counsel.

Other responsibilities of the role include:

  • Develop, draft, review, amend and negotiate contractual documents including complex research, service and consulting contracts, student placement agreements, International Office memoranda of understanding and agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Provide timely legal advice and services to a range of internal clients including the Research Grants and Contracts Team.
  • Maintain a high level of personal, professional competence by being well-informed on legislation and legislative change to ensure compliance by the University in legal matters.
  • Support the longer-term capability and development of the Research Grants and Contracts Team by delivering training sessions and providing contracting guidelines. 

This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week, on a permanent contract. The salary range for this role is $126,900 to $171,600 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications.

For more detailed information on the role accountabilities and requirements, please review this position description.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our preferred candidate will meet these requirements:

  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB).
  • Current practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Law Society.
  • At least 7 years’ PQE and a proven range of contractual legal experience, preferably including experience in a large and complex organisation.
  • Experience in developing and curating preferred contracting positions, clause banks and templates.
  • Experience in reading statutes and providing synopses of legal requirements.
  • Proven ability to analyse information and compile accurate reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to simplify complex legal requirements to facilitate understanding.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships.
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office applications.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading University and maintains significant computational, laboratory, and analytic facilities. Auckland is frequently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities. 

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through the following:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home and flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programs, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare, and other discounts on internal and external services. 

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 27/05/2024 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV highlighting how you can meet the abovementioned skills and experiences.

Please note that we may close the advert earlier if we find a suitable candidate.

Please reach out to Suhayl Mohammed - for any questions. Please note we are happy to answer your questions, but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQIATakatāpuiMVPFAFF+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other personal circumstances go to

The University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone can thrive. For further information see Te Ara Tautika | the Equity Policy and visit

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