New Zealand Law Society - Senior Solicitor - Auckland

Senior Solicitor - Auckland

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

Tēnei tūranga – About the role:

The purpose of The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All.  We will do this by helping businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive, and by increasing opportunities for all New Zealanders to contribute to the economy. 

At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety. People are at the heart of our mahi, we are committed to creating a safe, trusting, inclusive workplace where our people can thrive. If you would like to play an integral part in our Ministry, then read on. 

As part of Ngā Pou o te Taumaru the Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch is responsible for providing a centre of legal advice, leadership and expertise for the Ministry, and an exemplar of best practice for both the public service and the wider New Zealand labour and business markets. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two litigators to join our Auckland based litigation team as senior solicitors. In this role you will advise on and appear in proceedings before a variety of Courts, Tribunals and Licensing Boards on civil and criminal matters arising in relation to the broad range of enforcement activities across MBIE. These include: enforcement of minimum employment standards in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, refugee and deportation appeals in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, disciplinary complaints before occupational licensing boards, prosecutions and appeals in the District Court on proceedings, and appearances before the Tenancy Tribunal. 

Salary range:

Senior Solicitor 1 $112K - $138K

Senior Solicitor 2 $132K - $160K

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this highly paced role, you will need to have the following: 

  • A tertiary qualification in law and the ability to obtain a current practising certificate
  • A team player ethos across the litigation team and legal branch
  • Strong technical skills including experience in litigation 
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to draft legal documentation
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Enthusiasm, drive and proactive nature
  • A full, clean NZ Driver’s Licence 

One of the roles requires a strong and proven employment law background with some experience in litigation before the Employment Relations Authority and/or Employment Court preferred. The other role is for a general litigator, some knowledge of regulatory enforcement litigation is also highly desirable. 

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE – About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Maia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It

Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - How to apply:

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All applications must be submitted via our online process. Email Joanne Smith at joanne.smith@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/3143 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Wednesday 25th May 2022.

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