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Lawyer, Litigation (Fixed Term/Secondment) - Wellington

Ministry of Social Development
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Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Lawyer, Litigation (Fixed Term/Secondment) - Wellington


Fixed Term/Secondment – 10 months


  • Do you take pride on delivering excellent legal services?
  • Are you solution focused, with initiative and sound judgement?
  • Are you flexible and adaptable to changing priorities?


The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is seeking a litigation management focused Lawyer to join a socially minded in-house legal team committed to empowering informed decision-making.


About the Role


The Litigation team within MSD Legal manages higher court litigation, working closely with Crown Law and internal Ministry clients. The team primarily deals with claims resolution for historic abuse claims, social security high court matters, and human rights complaints and litigation.


This role requires working alongside National Office clients to manage litigation and advising on complaints and claims resolution.  Experience advising on historic abuse claims, privacy and OIA matters, human rights complaints or social security law is desirable.


This role does not generally include Court advocacy, but familiarity with court processes and litigation management is desirable.


About you:


  • A minimum of 2 years of experience providing legal advice to clients
  • Able to build successful client and team relationships
  • Pragmatic and solutions focussed
  • Influencing skills
  • A current New Zealand practising certificate (or be eligible to hold one)


About Ministry of Social Development


MSD is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.


About the Team


MSD Legal provides professional legal advice and advocacy services to all areas of the Ministry.  This is an exciting opportunity to join our collaborative team of fun, friendly professionals focussed on providing high quality legal advice across the Ministry.  You'll be part of a dedicated and supportive team.


How to Apply


If this sounds like you, please apply online with your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the Position Description.


All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Closing date: Thursday, 20 June 2019

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