New Zealand Law Society - Solicitor - Wellington or Auckland

Solicitor - Wellington or Auckland

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Wellington, or Auckland

About the Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is the professional body for barristers and solicitors in New Zealand. The Law Society regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand and is the membership organisation for practising lawyers. With 13 branch offices throughout the country, the Law Society is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the practise of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and the consumers of legal services.

About the role
We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our Legal Services team.  

You’ll be working with a collegial, supportive team of in-house lawyers. The role will assist our General Manager Professional Standards in the execution, by the New Zealand Law Society, in performing its statutory regulatory functions.

What you’ll be doing

  • Instruct and liaise with external counsel acting for the Law Society and/or Standards Committees or Practice Approval Committees and provide any assistance required inclusive of having an up to date understanding of the proceedings.
  • Prepare responses to requests from the Professional Standards Group for legal advice and/or guidance.
  • Assist with investigations into offences under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006.
  • Assist with dissemination and publication of standards committee decisions, LCRO and Tribunal decisions, and Court judgments to the Professional Standards Group, the legal community, and the public.
  • Provide executive, secretarial, legal and research services to the Practice Approval Committees and, if necessary, the Law Society Board, in relation to practice matters, including the moderation of committee meetings, and the preparation of minutes and draft committee decisions.

Our ideal applicant will:

  • Have sound written and oral communication skills are essential. Written skills must include the ability to produce concise, well-structured, and well-reasoned material and to produce succinct summaries of complex and lengthy complaints. Oral skills must include the ability to communicate clearly with committee members (both collectively and individually) members of the profession and members of the public.
  • Be prepared to perform under pressure. The Professional Standards Group is required to work to strict timetables, and an ability to meet deadlines and to plan, prioritise and structure workload is required.
  • Be flexible in the work they are prepared to undertake.
  • Have good judgement and a high level of discretion.
  • Have sensitivity to the demands of legal practice is required when dealing with busy committee members. A professional supportive approach to members of the public is also necessary.

This position is suitable for a legal practitioner with a minimum of 3 years legal experience.

What we can offer

Become part of an exceptional team in a dynamic organisation, where the work is challenging and rewarding. Your development and growth will be nurtured, and your work recognised and valued.

It is important that the Law Society can attract, support, and retain quality staff and one of the ways we can achieve this is by offering employees the flexibility to manage their work/life balance. We embrace flexible working to support our staff to deliver their best and achieve a good work life balance.

Other benefits of working at the Law Society include:

  • Two days Special Leave on top of the annual leave entitlement to use during the annual close-down period between Christmas and the new year.
  • Flexibility to work from both office and home, with full working from home (WFH) kit provided to each employee, including an allowance towards the purchase of a WFH desk and chair.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) available to all employees.
  • Actively fostering the development and career pathways of our employees, alongside a transparent performance review and remuneration appraisal system.
  • Competitive remuneration.
  • Developing a cohesive workplace culture across our organisation, including monthly morning teas and celebrating annual events.

Diversity and inclusion are important to us and the Law Society is keen to ensure that appointments reflect Aotearoa New Zealand’s multicultural society. Applications from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged.

For a confidential discussion, additional information please contact a member of the People and Culture team by emailing recruitment@lawsociety.org.nz.  

View a copy of the position description.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and submit this together with your cover letter and CV to recruitment@lawsociety.org.nz.

 Please do not apply using the seek portal as we will only consider applications that have been made to the above email address.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 15 July 2022.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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