Job title: Senior Legal Counsel
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: AoG Participating Agency
Functional Expertise: Legal
Salary type: Annual
Location: Canterbury, NZ
Job published: 27-11-2023
Job ID: 41808

Job Description

Senior Legal Counsel

  • Circa 8+ years’ PQE
  • Litigation and regulatory compliance
  • 5 weeks annual leave

About Environment Canterbury │ Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha 

At Environment Canterbury, we take pride in the unique beauty of Waitaha – our Canterbury region. Collaborating with Papatipu Rūnanga, stakeholders, and the community, we champion environmental protection through regulation and planning. As a Regional Council, our responsibilities extend to flood protection, public transport, civil defence, and more. Together, we are actively shaping a thriving and resilient Canterbury for present and future generations.

Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

When the land and sea thrive, the people flourish.

About the Role | Kōrero mō te tūranga 

As a Senior Legal Counsel, reporting to the General Counsel, your role will have a regulatory and prosecutions focus within the legal team of six.

You will provide advice on environmental compliance, monitoring, and enforcement issues, and will also conduct prosecution work on behalf of Council.  

In this varied and interesting role, you will be working with a wide range of legislation including the Local Government Act, Local Government Official Information & Meetings Act, and the Resource Management Act. 

About You │ Mōu  

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A current New Zealand legal practising certificate
  • Circa 8+ years PQE
  • Litigation experience, including criminal prosecutions and/or environmental matters
  • An understanding of the machinery of local government and political acumen
  • Strong cultural competency and/or commitment to developing in your knowledge of te ao Māori
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills

Whether you are making the transition from private practice or another in-house role, this opportunity is ideal for an experienced litigator who wants to contribute to a high-performing team that is closely aligned with the business and key stakeholders.

Working at Environment Canterbury │ Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha  

Our values underpin everything we do. We understand and embrace a diverse workforce and it’s this diversity that will enable us to better serve our people, our community, and our greatest taonga, the environment. We value everyone’s contribution, diverse thinking, and skills.

We're on a journey to become a treaty partner of excellence which includes incorporating te ao Māori into our work. We offer supportive opportunities to develop capability in this area and encourage our people to use kaupapa Māori, Mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori in our daily work. We welcome you with an open heart & mind, wherever you are on your personal te ao Māori journey.

Apply now | Tono mai

For more information, contact Jane Temel, Director at Niche Recruitment, for a confidential discussion. Don't miss the opportunity to apply – we'll be considering applications as they are received, aiming to make appointments before Christmas. Be a part of shaping the future of Canterbury. Apply now!

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