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Legal Manager - Litigation

Department of Corrections
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Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Legal Manager – Litigation

Vacancy Number: COSNO11952
Closing Date: 11.30pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019 
Location: National Office, Wellington
Recruitment Contact: Daniza Galinovic -  

  • Permanent Full time Opportunity
  • Wellington, National Office

At the Department of Corrections our goal is to reduce reoffending, and underlying this is a strong commitment to public safety. Our people care about our communities and want to make New Zealand a safer place to be. We do this by helping people lead crime-free lives, which means fewer victims and safer communities.

Our litigation team is responsible for managing the Department's litigation portfolio. The team works closely with external legal counsel, providing support in the management of civil claims and coronial matters. The team also assesses and, where appropriate, negotiates the settlement of proposed claims. With a core focus on establishing and maintaining strategic relationships internally and externally, the work requires an ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders. It's diverse, challenging and interesting work!

As Legal Manager you will continue to apply your legal skills to some files but, primarily, your focus will be to lead a team of three staff members and, working closely with the Chief Legal Adviser and Crown Law, oversee the strategic management of the Department's litigation portfolio. You will oversee the provision of robust, high-quality advice in relation to complex claims. You'll also bring a strategic lens to the team's work, considering and proactively managing potential risks.

You'll be part of Legal Service's management team - ensuring Legal Services provides advice and support that enables Corrections to manage legal risk and make good, lawful decisions; and encouraging a team culture of partnership, trust and mutual respect.

You'll be a people person, who enjoys managing relationships and is committed to supporting your team to perform to the best of their abilities.

To be successful you'll be a qualified solicitor with significant experience working in both litigation and in government. In addition we're seeking:

  • Proven staff leadership experience
  • High level legal problem solving ability, which is practical and solutions focused
  • An ability to manage the Departments litigation portfolio
  • Exceptional relationship management skills
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills
  • An ability to identify potential risks and negotiate mutually acceptable solutions

The Department of Corrections recognises the value of diversity in the workplace and the importance of a work/life balance. The position is a fulltime position based in Wellington, however, consideration will be given to applicants seeking flexible working arrangements.

Sounds like you? Apply now!

As part of your application, please provide a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role. Appointment will be based on skills and experience relevant to the role.

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