New Zealand Law Society - Solicitor or Senior Solicitor – Resource Management

Solicitor or Senior Solicitor – Resource Management

The opportunity

A rare vacancy has opened up for a solicitor or senior solicitor to join our growing RMA team in Christchurch. Whether you are a local lawyer looking for the next step in your career, or you are in another part of the country looking to relocate to Christchurch, we are keen to chat about this career opportunity with you.

The role

As part of a tight-knit team, you will work alongside Special Counsel Cedric Carranceja, Senior Associate Jenna Silcock and the wider national resource management team on the full spectrum of Resource Management Act matters including RMA consenting, designations, district and regional planning, appeals and enforcement. Our team has appeared in the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal and before the Independent hearings panels. You would be joining New Zealand's largest national RMA practice which will provide unrivalled opportunities for collaboration, professional development, access to top clients and exposure to market leading matters

In this role you will assist in providing advice, advocacy and dispute resolution to local authority, infrastructure, corporate, and private clients on resource management and local government matters. You will be involved with a variety of intellectually challenging matters that will allow you to successfully develop and progress your legal career in a collaborative and supportive environment. 

What matters to us

We value people who bring a different perspective, who are passionate, curious, and innovative. To be successful in this role, you would ideally:

  • Have three to five (or more) years' PQE. Experience in working in the resource management space is key
  • Be interested in progressing your career in resource management law
  • Enjoy working collaboratively within the team, across the firm and with an array of clients
  • Be self-motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, and keen on developing yourself through continuous learning.

What we offer

A career with us gives you the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients within internationally recognised teams, alongside some of New Zealand's leading legal talent to shape the future of resource management in New Zealand. We offer:

  • Top-tier law firm remuneration and benefits
  • An extensive professional development programme (courses, seminars, CPD and more)
  • A range of leave benefits (parental, study, long service leave, and an annual Buddle Findlay day)
  • Flexible working practices
  • Regular social, sports and wellness events, charity initiatives, and opportunities to join various committees within the firm (e.g. diversity and inclusion committee and Te Taiao, environment and sustainability committee)
  • Health insurance benefits and an employee assistance programme.

About us

Our culture and the focus on collaboration is the foundation of who we are. In joining us, you will feel valued, connected, and supported. You will work in a collaborative environment where you can grow while feeling balanced in your personal and professional life. We bring the highest quality approach to everything we do and measure our success by the exceptional experiences we provide. Our purpose is to empower our people to be extraordinary and in turn, help our clients achieve extraordinary things.

To apply

If you have experience working with the RMA and are interested in developing your career in an exciting and evolving area of law, we would love to review your application. Email your CV and transcript to apply for the role. If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role, reach out to Harri (talent attraction specialist) on +64 9 363 0607 or on LinkedIn.

We look forward to you joining our team and being part of our success. Together we grow, Ka tipu tahi tatau.

Buddle Findlay is recruiting directly for this role and is only accepting direct applications at this stage.

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