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Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Auckland - Auckland
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description




Permanent/ Fulltime


The Ministry of Social Development's Legal Services team has a commitment to providing independent, high quality, timely legal advice and representation. We are currently seeking a Solicitor to join our Auckland Litigation team based in Manukau. We would be prefer an experienced Solictor however we would look at a graduate.


Reporting to the Regional Litigation Manager the successful applicant will have a genuine desire to work in the public service and enthusiasm for advocacy with at least 2 years post-admission experience.


You will undertake regular litigation in the Family and Youth Court and on occasions the District Court.  A significant part of this role will include providing advice and training on care or protection law and to a lesser extent fraud investigations.  A working knowledge of the care or protection provisions of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act and the Social Security Act and other legislation administered by the Ministry is essential.


You will need to be able to develop and maintain successful relationships across the team, with clients, Courts and external stakeholders.


This is a great opportunity to advance your legal career within a collegial and supportive team environment.  If you are a person who is pragmatic, solution focused, shows initiative and sound judgment we can offer you a commitment to your ongoing professional development, good work life balance, and the opportunity to make a difference.


A Driver's Licence and a current (or eligibility to immediately obtain) Practising Certificate are essential. 


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form. All applications must be made online, however, if this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact Lisa Holton at


 Applications close: Wednesday 20th September

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