ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Graduate/Solicitor, fulltime, permanent – Tauranga

The Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki Shared Legal Services team has a commitment to providing independent, high quality, timely legal advice and representation. We are currently seeking a Solicitor (minimum 2 years PQE) to join our Litigation team in Tauranga.

About the Role

Reporting to the Regional Litigation Manager the successful applicant will have a genuine desire to work in the public service and enthusiasm for advocacy with the ability to obtain a practising certificate immediately, if not, some post-admission experience.
You will undertake regular litigation in the Family Court and on occasions the District Court. A significant part of this role will include providing advice and training on care or protection law and to a lesser extent fraud investigations.

About You

A working knowledge of the care or protection provisions of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act and the Social Security Act and other legislation administered by the Ministry is preferred.
You will need to be able to develop and maintain successful relationships across the team, with clients, Courts and external stakeholders.
This is a great opportunity to advance your legal career within a collegial and supportive team environment. If you are a person who is pragmatic, solution focused, shows initiative and sound judgment, we can offer you a commitment to your ongoing professional development, good work life balance, and the opportunity to make a difference.
A current Practicing Certificate and Driver’s Licence are essential.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply online with your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the Position Description.

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

External Candidates – (including Ministry of Vulnerable Children employees) must apply directly through our MSD careers page at

Closing date 8 February 2018

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