ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Counsel - Christchurch

An opportunity to contribute to Christchurch’s brighter future!

Enable owns and operates Christchurch’s newest and largest open fibre network in Christchurch, along with parts of the Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts. Our key objective is to provide the fastest most innovative business and community enabling network that Christchurch has ever experienced.

Our current Legal Counsel is going on parental leave and our Legal Team need the assistance of a Legal Counsel for the next 14 months who can hit the ground running.

Reporting to the General Counsel, the Legal Counsel will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic legal and commercial advice to Enable’s senior management, the Board and across the business;
  • Establishing a legal framework/infrastructure which both educates and enables Enable employees to become more self-sufficient;
  • Critically reviewing and analysing contracts and providing high level “user friendly” overviews as quick reference points;
  • Providing quality day to day legal, risk management, regulatory and governance services to Enable;
  • Assisting the business with regulatory and compliance issues, including drafting submissions;
  • Drafting and advising on a wide variety of contracts and playing a role in negotiating contracts entered into by the business;
  • Provision of contract and statutory interpretation and advice;
  • Carrying out company secretarial work;
  • Providing advice on property ownership as part of Enable’s consenting requirements;
  • Providing general property advice including reviewing and preparation of easements and Agreements to Grant Easements;
  • Managing external legal resource for specialist or overflow work.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a senior legal advisory role with a strong commercial emphasis;
  • Breadth and depth of practical legal experience in a commercial or business field;
  • Demonstrated performance in negotiating commercial contracts and transactions;
  • A sound understanding of commercial, property, contractual and company law issues and a strong appreciation of governance principles and processes;
  • Experience working with utilities would also be desirable as is an understanding of technology and licensing agreements.


To apply in confidence please submit your CV to or phone Nadene Winchester on 021 752 884 for confidential enquiries.