ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Advisor, 1-2 years PQE, 12 month Fixed Term Contract - Wellington

Fabulous in-house opportunity for a lawyer interested in media content, freedom of expression, community attitudes, public law, policy and regulation.

  • Bring your unique perspective to the table
  • Interesting and varied subject matter
  • Small high functioning team

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) values your views on the intersection between the important right to freedom of expression in New Zealand's democracy, and the interests of New Zealand audiences. As a Legal Advisor for the BSA you will bring your perspective to a team which considers challenging questions relating to freedom of expression and content standards in a constantly changing media environment.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is an independent Crown entity which determines complaints about broadcasting standards on television and radio, undertakes research on community attitudes and works with broadcasters to develop and promote broadcasting standards. In making its determinations, the BSA observes the rules of natural justice, acknowledges the principles of partnership, protection and participation inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and considers the needs, aspirations and cultural values of tangata whenua. 

We are seeking a Legal Advisor with approximately one to two years' PQE to join our small, high functioning team for a fixed term of 12 months to assist us with increased complaints volume and some key projects. You will assist in the investigation of complaints which includes reviewing broadcasts, managing case files, drafting high quality draft decisions, providing advice on legal and BSA precedents, and peer review.

Additionally, you will be involved in other aspects of the BSA's work, which may include liaising with broadcasters on their levy obligations and standards requirements, drafting press releases, production of newsletters, creation of web content, contributing to BSA's strategy and accountability documents, taking responsibility for projects within the BSA's key functions including oversight and development of the standards system, and research and drafting of opinions.

To be successful in this role you will be:  

  • A lawyer with around one to two years post-qualification experience in a relevant area of law and a sound academic record;
  • Confident and capable in articulating your views using sound reasoning, both verbally and in written form;
  • Well organised, with the ability to manage a busy, varied workload;
  • Detail oriented with strong analysis skills; and
  • A great team player with a collaborative working style.

We are embarking on a programme to strengthen our links with Māori and Pasifika communities, so it would be advantageous to have experience and/or interest in working with iwi or Pasifika groups.

If you are interested in what is important to New Zealanders and how to uphold standards while ensuring these are keeping pace with social change, this in-house legal role will provide you with a stimulating and challenging next step in your career.


To apply please submit your covering letter, resume and academic transcript via this link. In your covering letter tell us why you are interested in working for BSA and provide a paragraph in response to the following: "Identify a broadcasting standard that you value highly and explain why."

For a confidential discussion and more information, please call Francesca Legaspi or Jane Wellik at Niche Consulting Group on 04 471 1423. Applications must be submitted online by 5.00pm on Friday, 28 September.