ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Advisor - Wellington

The Bus and Coach Association (BCA) is a voluntary membership organisation, representing the interests of New Zealand’s bus and coach industry. The BCA assists its Members, the companies operating bus businesses, and its Associate Members, mainly supplier companies affiliated to the bus and coach industry, by providing strong and effective advocacy, delivering quality advice, and a range of member benefits and services as well as keeping members updated on key legal and regulatory changes affecting the transport sector. In addition, the BCA has been contracted by the Rental Vehicle Association New Zealand (RVA) to provide a similar range of support and services. This role relates to both associations.

Key responsibilities for this role

The core of this role is providing legal advice to ensure the BCA and RVA, their Councils, members and industries have legal support and assistance as and when required.

This includes:

  • Providing legal advice to members on an as required basis.
  • Proactively advising members of relevant legal and regulatory changes impacting on the industry.
  • Reviewing and drafting in-house contracts relating to member deals and benefits, insurance and other operational contracts and employment agreements.
  • Advising the CEO and Council on internal governance policies.
  • Legal research, statutory interpretation and contractual analysis.
  • Writing articles as and when necessary for the BCA industry magazine, Circular, and the RVA newsletter
  • Liaising with various Government agencies and other industry stakeholder groups to provide feedback on policy proposals, legal and regulatory changes and advance members’ interests.
  • Preparing submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees and government departments on proposed regulatory and legislative and policy changes.
  • Assisting with other tasks as required.

Key Relationships

This role requires well-developed relationship management skills and commercial nous.  Candidates must be able to work effectively with a wide range of business partners up to Chief Executive and Board-level. Some key relationships include:

  • Members
  • Council and committee members
  • Associate Members/Industry suppliers
  • Government agencies
  • Local Authorities
  • Other stakeholder groups.

Required skills and competencies

To be effective in this role, it is critical to have:

  • excellent attention to detail
  • superb legal research and writing skills
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • a hard-working, adaptable and resilient attitude
  • a pragmatic approach to recognising legal and business issues and risk
  • commercial acumen
  • succinct and clear written and oral communication styles
  • computer literacy – e.g. Microsoft Office Suite

As part of a small team, your ability to work independently, as well as with others, and take responsibility for individual and team outcomes is essential.