Job title: Senior Legal Counsel, Auckland
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: AoG Participating Agency
Expertise: Legal
Salary type: Annual
Location: Auckland
Job published: 12-07-2021
Job ID: 39685

Job Description

Senior Legal Counsel

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand's competition, fair trading, consumer credit, and economic regulatory agency. Our mission is to make New Zealanders better off by ensuring our markets work well and consumers and businesses are confident participants in those markets.

As our areas of regulation grow, we have been transforming as an organisation and adopting a more collaborative, cross-functional approach to the delivery of legal services. A recent organisational review has brought our lawyers and paralegals into one branch, creating one of the largest in-house legal teams in the country.

The opportunity

As a Senior Legal Counsel at the Commission, you will be part of an expert Legal Services team with an impressive record of enforcement outcomes and defended appeals.

As the lead lawyer assigned to strategically significant Commission projects, you will be carrying out complex legal research and analysis of relevant NZ and international competition, regulatory and fair trading law; and analysing complex information to identify solutions to legal issues. You will also provide mentoring and guidance to junior colleagues.

You will be the project manager on selected litigation projects, advising on litigation strategy, providing instruction to external legal counsel, drafting and reviewing Court documents and ensuring the Commission behaves as a model litigant.

This is a permanent role that may be based in Wellington or Auckland.

Key requirements

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Undergraduate degree in law with a sound academic transcript
  • Current New Zealand practising certificate
  • 8+ years’ Post Qualification Experience
  • Experience in competition or consumer law, public law and/or litigation to an expert level
  • Demonstrated expertise in the drafting of Court pleadings and legal advice
  • Exemplary legal research and analytical ability
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills

Above all, we are seeking smart and curious lawyers who have a keen interest in working on important fair trading, competition and regulatory issues and who are committed to public service and making life better for New Zealanders.

What we offer

At the Commission we are passionate about the work we do to make New Zealanders better off. We have a great working environment and culture where everyone is valued. Having excellent people is critical to our success. We promise interesting and challenging work and we prioritise learning and development opportunities so that everyone can reach their full potential. We are open to flexible working arrangements.

Apply now

For more information, contact Jane Temel on 021 499 902 or Carl Church on 021 166 6441 or visit to obtain the position description.

To apply, submit your covering letter and CV via the ‘apply’ button by the closing date of Monday 26 July 2021.