Senior Solicitor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 day ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 30-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1497210
  • Job Title: Senior Solicitor
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Solicitor Positions– Legislation Team: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Solicitor Positions– Corporate & Registries Team: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Solicitor Positions– Litigation Team: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment


About the roles.

Some exciting opportunities have arisen for a number of Solicitors to join the MBIE Legal team within the Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch at MBIE.

The opportunities are in the Legislation. Litigation and the Corporate and Registries teams to cover parental leave, secondment, and to support recent growth at  MBIE.  We have some flexibility as to how we fill the positions which are a mix of fixed term and permanent and we are open to a range of experience levels.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated solicitors to help us to support MBIE’s core purpose of growing New Zealand for all.  MBIE is one of New Zealand’s largest, most influential and most diverse public sector agencies.  This means that we are able to offer significant opportunities for developing experience across a broad variety of subject areas.

Legislation Team

The Legislation Team provides legal advice on the development and amendments to primary and secondary legislation across MBIE’s 16 regulatory systems. This creates opportunities for our lawyers to work on legislation across a range of different regulatory systems depending on their experience and interest.

You will work with other in house lawyers, policy analysts and the Parliamentary Counsel Office to support MBIE, as well as Ministers and Select Committees to deliver the Government’s legislation programme.

Corporate & Registries

The C&R team provides legal advice across all of MBIE’s operations and in relation to MBIE’s 16 regulatory systems.  The team also provides advice on governance, integrity and conduct matters that touch the organisation.  This creates opportunities for our lawyers to work in relation to a range of different regulatory systems and operational areas, depending on their experience and interest.

With opportunities to work across MBIE’s regulatory systems there will be a focus on building expertise in telecommunications, radio spectrum, trade remedies and energy markets.  Ideally you will have experience in the fields of privacy, official information and regulatory compliance, as well as strong communication and relationship management skills.

Litigation Team 

In this role you will advise on and appear in proceedings before a variety of Courts, Tribunals, Authorities, 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, criminal prosecutions and civil appeals in the District Court on proceedings ranging from immigration to Crown minerals and licensed building work, appearances before the Tenancy Tribunal, refugee and deportation appeals in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and disciplinary complaints before occupational licensing boards. Experience in employment law or criminal law is desirable. This role does involve travel. Experience in criminal law and / or employment law will be an advantage, as would exposure to immigration or regulatory enforcement.

Skills and experience required:

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • A tertiary qualification in law and a current practising certificate (or be eligible to hold one)
  • An excellent knowledge of public law and a solid understanding of the mechanisms of government
  • A keen interest in the Parliamentary process and the development of primary and secondary legislation (for Legislation team positions)
  • Strong legal technical skills
  • A strong client service attitude, with excellent relationship management 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
  • Enthusiasm, drive and a proactive nature 
  • The legal right to live and work in NZ

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 focussed, innovative and best in class attitude.  We are a fun, focused and supportive team who works hard to deliver excellence to our clients.

About MBIE:

MBIE’s purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.  At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy and our people.

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. Please include in your cover letter which team/s you are interested in. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Lapulou Mo’ale at  if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 8th December