Job title: Senior Legal Counsel (Wellington)
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: AoG Participating Agency
Expertise: Legal
Salary type: Annual
Location: Wellington
Job published: 17-06-2022
Job ID: 40422

Job Description

Ko mātou tēnei | Who we are

Te Komihana Tauhokohoko | 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 responsibility 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.

Mō te tūranga | About the role

As a 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 a lawyer assigned to strategically significant Commission projects, you will be carrying out complex legal research and analysis of relevant NZ and international competition, regulatory, fair trading and/or consumer credit law; and analysing complex information to identify solutions to legal issues, with support from senior colleagues.

There is a wide range of legal work on offer at the Commission. Some of our lawyers are project managers 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. Others work with teams delivering key regulatory decisions for sectors that are vital to the New Zealand economy, advising on administrative law issues or drafting secondary legislation. While others provide legal support to our corporate and governance functions, advising on the Crown Entities, Privacy and Official Information Acts.

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

He kōrero mōu | About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Undergraduate degree in law with a sound academic transcript
  • Current New Zealand practising certificate
  • 6+ years’ Post Qualification Experience
  • Substantial experience in competition, fair trading or consumer credit law, public law, and/or civil or criminal litigation, or advising on industry-specific regulation of utilities
  • Demonstrated drafting ability in preparation of Court pleadings, secondary legislation and/or legal advice
  • Sound legal research and analytical ability
  • Excellent 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.

Read more about this position in the position description.

Te wāhi mahi | Working here

We’re friendly and collaborative and enjoy contributing to our shared vision of making New Zealanders better off.  Career growth and development is not only supported and encouraged, it’s a part of everyday life here.  We also offer a range of benefits to show that we’ll value your mahi, including generous leave entitlements, study support, a range of wellness initiatives and competitive remuneration. 

We are committed to our people’s wellbeing.  Any support needed is freely given, providing the opportunity for everyone to thrive.  Our flexible working options are key to supporting that goal and our people have the technology they need to make it happen. We even offer a contribution to working from home set up costs.  Our environment is inclusive, and our people know they are free to be their authentic selves at work and structure the way they work to suit their lifestyle.

Ka pēhea te tono mai | How to apply

If you want to contribute to our vision to make New Zealanders better off, please apply by submitting your cover letter and CV via the 'Apply' button by the closing date of Friday, 8 July 2022.

For more information, contact Jane Temel on 021 499 902.

Our recruitment process is fair, inclusive and free from bias and we encourage our applicants to let us know if we can make it more user friendly for them.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  We value diverse perspectives and the contribution every one of our people makes to our culture.  Put simply – you can be yourself here.