ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Counsel - fixed term or secondment opportunity to June 2020 - Wellington

The New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) protects and promotes New Zealand through world class, border management. Customs focuses on revenue collection, travel and trade facilitation, and protection of the border through a focus of intelligence-led risk management.

We are seeking a highly skilled solicitor to join the Legal Corporate team, based in our Wellington office. This role is a fixed term or secondment opportunity to June 2020.

You will have the opportunity to make a difference to New Zealand while working across a wide range of exciting legal areas affecting Customs. The Legal Corporate team provides legal advice on policy and legislative development in the border sector, procurement and commercial contracts, OIA and privacy law, information sharing, and international arrangements with a focus on trade and travel.

Join this friendly and helpful team of highly qualified legal counsel and develop your professional skills in an enjoyable working environment.

To be successful you:

  • will have excellent legal research, statutory interpretation, and opinion writing skills;
  • will be able to build strong relationships to work in partnership with frontline officers, managers, other government departments, and external stakeholders;
  • must hold or be eligible to hold a New Zealand practising certificate; and
  • will have 1-4 years post qualification experience and a genuine interest in customs law and revenue legislation.

Applicants must have New Zealand Citizenship or have NZ Permanent Residency and be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. The successful applicant will also be required to pass a drug test. For further information about this role, please contact Suzanne Leahy on

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities, consider flexible working arrangements and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

Please visit our website apply on line submitting a CV and Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to meet the competencies required for the role as outlined in the position description.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 18 January 2019.

If successfully shortlisted, interviews for this position will take place at the end of January 2019.

Please follow this link to apply.