Solicitor – Commercial

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 02-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: NZ/COSNO10321
  • Job Title: Solicitor – Commercial
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Closing Date:  Friday 16 November 
Location:  Wellington National Office  
Recruitment Contact:

Solicitor L2 – Commercial

About Us

The Department of Corrections is New Zealand’s largest core government department. It faces complex challenges in managing a large prison population, and many more people serving community-based sentences. Doing this in a way that protects the public, while also striving to rehabilitate and reintegrate people, requires the development and implementation of new ideas.

The role

We are seeking a solicitor to join our commercial legal team, situated within the Department’s Legal Services Unit.

The Department’s commercial law practice is incredibly broad – from major high value high risk outsourcing contracts through to contracts for a diverse range of programmes for prisoners and goods and services needed to meet the needs of our operation.

As a solicitor in the Department, your advice will be constantly in demand. You will not be left wondering whether you are in a position to make a difference.

Providing a supportive environment for our people is important to us. Part time / flexible arrangements will be considered and we would be happy to hear about what work arrangements may work for you.

While commercial law experience may be an advantage, we will consider applicants who may be looking to make a change to the commercial area. There will also be opportunities to broaden your practice and work on other matters, such as advice work in areas as diverse as health, public and privacy law and in relation to Corrections specific requirements.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Competence in developing reasoning for and confidence to rigorously defend legal opinions.
  • Awareness of and responsiveness to the operational, cultural, political and social environment in which the Legal Services Unit and the Department of Corrections as a whole operate.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with National Office staff, regional managers, prison managers and other external providers of legal services, in particular.
  • The ability to plan and manage workloads and to prioritise and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, tailored appropriately to the particular client and/or audience.
  • Respect for Maori, Pacific peoples and ethnic minorities’ values and beliefs, valuing diversity in the work place and promoting EEO.

We can offer you a stimulating and challenging role in an organisation working and moving forward together.

We are preferably looking for someone with 3 years post admission experience “level 2” solicitor The salary range is $75,409 – $106,459 with salary to be determined by relevant skills and experience.  

As part of your application, please provide a covering letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role. Include within your covering letter / CV any proposed flexible working arrangements you would like to discuss.

All applications must be submitted online via our recruitment system. Please note: Applications that are emailed directly will NOT be considered.