Solicitor (L2) – Litigation

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    3 months ago
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara)
  • Date Advertised: 01-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: APA/1507956
  • Job Title: Solicitor (L2) – Litigation
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  • Summary:
  • Offering a unique perspective into the Justice sector
  • Opportunity to build on your criminal and/or civil law experience
  • Permanent full-time Wellington based role supported by flexi working

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi’  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a large, 24/7 business, managing complex information both for our Department and the wider Justice Sector. As part of our ongoing commitment and response to an increasingly complex legal environment, our Legal Services Unit are pleased to announce a newly created Solicitor (L2) role within the Litigation Team.

This opportunity calls for curious and confident self-starters who are motivated to contribute to a broad range of legal work.  In this role, your core focus will be to ensure the appropriate management and progression of assigned claims and litigation, including negotiating and drafting settlements, undertaking relevant research, and providing general advice in relation to all Court and Tribunal processes. You will work in closely with the Crown Law Office, and Crown Solicitors, on Habeas Corpus applications, Judicial review applications, applications for Extended Supervision Orders, Public Protection Orders, Return Offenders Orders and other legal proceedings involving the Department.

Also working closely with the Legal Manager and Senior Solicitors, you will assist with reviewing and preparing submissions and legal documents, and have regular opportunities to collaborate with the Litigation Team to work through complex legal issues and define solutions to operational problems – whilst taking into account broader strategic issues, perspectives and the impact on the wider Justice system.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

If you are motivated by the opportunity to take on interesting and challenging work in a people centred organisation, then we want to hear from you. Within your application the panel will look for clear evidence/examples of how you meet the following lead requirements:

  • Holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and current eligibility for a NZ Law Society practising certificate;
  • Proven criminal and/or civil law experience;
  • Awareness of the operational, cultural, political and social environment in which the Legal Services Unit and Ara Poutama Aotearoa as a whole, operate;
  • Advocacy skills combined with insightfulness in identifying effective solutions to complex issues;
  • Competence and confidence to rigorously analyse legal opinions;
  • Well-developed people and relationship development skills – the ability to engage readily with people, to listen, adopt a customer service ethos, and maintain collaboration;
  • An orderly and systematic approach to case management – including a high level of thoroughness, accuracy and reliability in legal work; and
  • Cultural competence – respect for Maori values and beliefs, familiarity with the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to the work of government agencies.

Above all, clear alignment to our kaupapa, including our over-arching strategy Hōkai Rangi, is critical to your success at Ara Poutama Aotearoa – we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, upload a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) that describes your motivation for the role and that highlights your relevant skills and experience.

The closing date for applications is 9pm on Sun 14 Feb 2021.  Interviews will take place at our Wellington National Office on the w/c 22 Feb. 

The salary for this role starts from $75,829 up to $107,052 based on demonstrable skills and expertise.

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