ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Adviser - Wellington

The Medical Council of New Zealand is the regulator for doctors. It protects the public interest by registering doctors to practice medicine in New Zealand, setting standards, ensuring compliance with those standards, and taking action where concerns are raised.

A fabulous opportunity for a confident and articulate communicator with analytical skills and a high degree of initiative has arisen to join this busy, high performing, vibrant, and collaborative team.

As a key part of the Council's in-house legal team, you will provide legal advice to Professional Conduct Committees investigating concerns about a doctor's conduct and work with prosecuting counsel to prepare cases, including evidence, for a hearing before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. You will also appear as junior counsel at the Tribunal proceedings.

You will also identify opportunities for the Council to improve its delivery of regulatory functions including recommendations for changes to policy, procedure, and training.

This is a role that will offer interesting, varied and challenging work. You will be self-directed in your approach to your work, able to think on your feet and enjoy a professional and collegial work environment.

Ideal person profile:

  • Litigation experience including knowledge of the prosecutions process, Evidence Act 2006, Court rules / procedures and Tribunal processes
  • Experience in the health sector, familiarity with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and/ or medical law would be advantageous
  • Well-developed communication skills with the ability to produce high quality written work
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to analyse and understand the relevant facts and legal issues, identify risk or procedural issues, and present findings clearly
  • First class administration and organisation skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong commitment to delivering excellent customer service and the ability to deal with difficult situations Flexible with strong initiative and problem solving capabilities
  • Able to demonstrate integrity and impartiality
  • Professional and displays emotional maturity
  • Committed to learning and high quality work
  • Good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of programmes
  • Enthusiasm and a great attitude
  • A qualified lawyer holding a current practicing certificate

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.

You must be a New Zealand resident to apply.