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Graduate Solicitor

Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
Manawatu - Wanganui
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

Fixed Term from March to September 2017

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 Graduate Solicitor to join our Litigation team in Palmerston North, for a 6 month period to cover a period of Parental Leave.

Reporting to the Regional Litigation Manager, the successful applicant will have a genuine desire to work in the public service and enthusiasm for advocacy preferably with some post-admission litigation experience.

You will undertake litigation in the Family and District Courts.  A significant part of this role will include providing advice and training, with supervision, on care or protection law and fraud investigations. A growing 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 good work life balance, and the opportunity to make a difference.

A current Practicing Certificate and Driver's Licence are essential.

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form. Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.

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

Applications close: Friday 9 December 2016.