Solicitor Corporate

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 20-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1497422
  • Job Title: Solicitor Corporate
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  • Summary:
  • Intermediate level solicitor
  • Public law and criminal law focus
  • Join an organisation that supports and develops your career

As a Solicitor, you will provide legal advice across a range of business areas to support ACC’s important role in serving all New Zealanders.

ACC has been improving the lives of New Zealanders since 1974. With ACC, you’ll be supporting people in New Zealand to stay safe by minimising the incidence and impact of injury, as well as helping them recover from injury if an accident does happen. Join us – an organisation that grew out of bold thinking and has an enduring commitment to care for others at work, home and play.

As a Solicitor in ACC’s Corporate legal team, you will help protect the integrity of the ACC scheme, and help ensure its long-term financial stability. The team provides legal services across a variety of areas – in particular public law, contracting and procurement, and the Accident Compensation scheme itself. You will also provide support to ACC’s Litigation legal team, which is involved with dispute resolution and litigation at multiple levels. You will have the opportunity to work independently and under the supervision of other solicitors as necessary, and to customers at all levels within ACC.

This is a ‘generalist’ role where you can expect a stimulating mix of work.

Your focus will be on the following:

  • Public law work – including ACC’s public consultation on levy rates in 2021 and related legal requirements, supporting engagement with the Waitangi Tribunal, and advising on Official Information Act and Privacy Act matters.
  • Criminal/integrity services – operational advice to ongoing investigations including evidence assessment, attending evidential interviews, and drafting search warrant applications.
  • Coronial inquiries – including file assessment and preparation of reports on behalf of ACC.
  • Non-party disclosure applications – assisting the Court with disclosure applications in criminal prosecutions where ACC is a non party, including file assessment, and preparation of relevant evidence and memorandum to Court

The role will not undertake Court appearances but may include coordinating with and instructing external counsel as required.

What we are looking for from you to be successful in this role:

You will have the following:

  • Approximately five to six years’ post-admission experience, ideally in-house in a public sector environment, and a current practising certificate or the ability to hold one
  • Good knowledge of public law generally
  • Good knowledge of litigation practice and evidence assessment
  • An interest in learning about and applying the Accident Compensation Act and relevant regulations
  • Well-developed communication and problem-solving skills
  • Criminal law background and understanding of the search and surveillance legislation and investigatory techniques would be an advantage, but not essential

If you are a highly motivated team player, this is a great opportunity to deliver specialist in-house legal services in a dynamic and collaborative team environment that values innovation and will provide you with support to grow your career.

Working at ACC

We know that a diverse and inclusive team helps us meet the needs of our customers, and we welcome applications from people of every ethnicity, national origin, gender orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and/or status as an individual with a disability. It’s important to us that people bring their whole selves to work.

To support an inclusive workplace we have:

  • Employee networks:
    – Pride@ACC
    – Ability@ACC
    – Women’s Network
    – Cross-Cultural Network
  • ACC’s Māori Strategy, Whāia te Tika
  • Development opportunities in te reo Māori me ngā tikanga
  • Advocates in the disability sector
  • Diversity and Inclusion approach
  • Support Māori by partnering with iwi and other Māori entities

Applications will run through to Wednesday, 2 December 2020. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 7 December.

Applications can only be accepted when submitted through our ACC career website. If you encounter accessibility issues when submitting your application, or if you have any questions about the role please email