New Zealand Law Society - Solicitor Corporate and Registries

Solicitor Corporate and Registries

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • Develop your experience across MBIE’s 16 different regulatory systems 
  • Flexible working options available to support work-life balance
  • Contribute to MBIE’s goal of Growing New Zealand for all
  • Permanent position based in Wellington CBD
  • Salary range: 70K - $115K plus kiwisaver and wellness benefits

Tēnei tūranga – About the role

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Solicitor to join our Corporate and Registries team.

The Corporate and Registries team provides general legal advice to all of MBIE’s operations, including in relation to MBIE’s 16 different regulatory systems and on governance, integrity and conduct matters that touch the organisation. Due to flexibility within the team, there is scope for our lawyers to work in relation to different regulatory systems, depending on their experience and interest. This also means that we are able to offer significant opportunities for developing experience across a broad variety of subject areas and building your career within MBIE.

New Zealand’s future economy will have a different mix of industries, jobs and skills. MBIE’s advice in these areas will inform decisions that re-shape New Zealand’s economic future. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide legal advice on a broad range of matters including climate change, sustainability and the future of work. Your clients may be involved in implementing fair pay legislation, radio spectrum and trade remedies matters. Others may be seeking legal advice on compliance with tenancy standards under the Residential Tenancies Act or supporting the provision of resources encouraging industry and large employers to improve conditions for workers. MBIE collaborates with business groups in providing data and technology to enable delivery on the opportunities, challenges and priorities that lie ahead for Aotearoa New Zealand and that is where your experience in the areas of privacy, official information and information sharing is a plus.

This role will be working with other in-house counsel providing high quality and timely advice on a wide range of legal issues. You will need to be technically proficient, agile, adaptable and a strong communicator.

You will work with autonomy in a collaborative and supportive environment. You will learn from the experts to build your knowledge as well as sharing your knowledge with others to provide advice and support on some of MBIE’s most complex and legal matters.

Salary range

  • Solicitor 1 $71K - $84K plus kiwisaver
  • Solicitor 2 $95K - $115K plus kiwisaver

Why work for us?

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to develop new approaches. Our collaborative team encourages a positive, customer-focused, innovative and best in class attitude. We are a fun, focused and supportive team who works hard to deliver excellence to our clients.

We proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.

We provide a wide range of flexible working arrangements to support work-life balance. Talk to us to find out what might work for both you and for us.

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

For this Solicitor role ideally you will have the following:

  • Experience in public law and an understanding of the mechanisms of government
  • Strong legal technical skills
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication abilities, which allow you to convey key ideas and issues in a way that is suitable to the audience
  • Strong relationship management skills and an ability to work well with others
  • Enthusiasm, drive and a proactive nature 
  • A tertiary qualification in law and a practising certificate
  • Experience working in relation to one or more of MBIE’s 16 regulatory systems would be an advantage 
  • Experience working on governance, integrity and conduct matters and / or regulatory compliance and enforcement
  • Legal right to live and work in Aotearoa

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

All applications must be submitted via our online process. Email Jo Smith at quoting ref MBIE/6234 if you have any further questions.

View the Solicitor 1 position description.

View the Solicitor 2 position description.

Applications close on Monday 24th October 2022.

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