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Senior Solicitor

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Legal & courts
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Litigator required for in-house team
  • Challenging and varied role in a dynamic environment
  • Permanent position, Auckland based


About the role:

At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety. If you would like to play an integral part in our Ministry, then read on. 

As part of the Corporate, Governance and Information Group the Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch is responsible for providing a centre of legal advice, leadership and expertise for the Ministry, and an exemplar of best practice for both the public service and the wider New Zealand labour and business markets. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a litigator to join our Auckland based litigation team as a senior solicitor. In this role you will advise on and appear in proceedings before a variety of licensing boards, Tribunals, and Courts on civil and criminal matters arising in relation to the broad range of enforcement activities across MBIE. These include refugee and deportation appeals in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, enforcement of minimum employment standards in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, disciplinary complaints before occupational licensing boards, prosecutions and appeals in the District Court on proceedings ranging from immigration to crown minerals and licensed building work, and appearances before the Tenancy Tribunal. 


Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this highly paced role, you will need to have the following: 

  • A tertiary qualification in law and the ability to obtain a current practising certificate
  • A team player ethos across the litigation team and legal branch
  • Strong technical skills
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to draft legal documentation
  • Experience in civil and/or criminal litigation
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Enthusiasm, drive and proactive nature
  • Full, clean NZ Driver Licence is required


The successful candidate will ideally have a strong and proven employment law background with experience in litigation before the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. Some knowledge of regulatory enforcement litigation is also highly desirable.


About MBIE:

The purpose of The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All. 

We will do this by helping businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive, and by increasing opportunities for all New Zealanders to contribute to the economy. 

MBIE works to better support connect and strengthen businesses. It backs New Zealand's talent, ideas and business enterprise through ensuring safe and fair workplaces, developing and supporting the science and innovation system, better supporting businesses and streamlining regulation.


How to apply:

Please click on the ‘Apply' button which will take you to our website where you can read the position description. To apply, complete the application form and submit your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role. 

For further information please contact Jo Smith at quoting reference MBIE/1442103.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

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