ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Services Manager - Hamilton

Hamilton City Council is dynamic and diverse; striving to be a high performance organsation, respected by all. 

We are looking for an experienced legal professional to join our Governance Team to manage our legal services relationships and to provide advice to key internal customers.

The role:

As our Legal Services Manager, you will be key in enabling Hamilton City Council to obtain the best and most cost-effective legal resources as needed. You’ll achieve this through providing proficient legal advice or instructing appropriate external providers, assessing and highlighting legal risks to relevant management or governance bodies, and optimising resources to meet our organisation’s legal needs.

About you:

To be successful in this role, in addition to your legal qualifications and experience, you’ll have proven experience in providing in-house legal counsel preferably in a large public organisation, or in a law firm advising public sector clients (including territorial authorities). You’ll have the ability to provide robust advice, whilst remaining pragmatic to the needs of the business and effectively balancing risk.  The successful candidate will also hold a current practicing certificate from the NZ Law Society or be able to obtain one.

Along with your experience, you’ll demonstrate positive influencing skills and be confident to challenge the status quo with clients and providers as appropriate. You will have an eye for detail and bring with you in-depth working experience within the legal services industry. Your proven business and political acumen will enable you to achieve success as a trusted partner within our organisation.

About us:

Hamilton City Council is committed to being an organisation with people who think differently, act with integrity, make it happen and work together. This is your chance to be part of the team that is committed to building a more vibrant, attractive and prosperous city.

The recruiting range for this role starts at $90,000 per annum and will be negotiated with the successful candidate in accordance with skills, knowledge and experience.

We will be shortlisting throughout the advertising period, so if this role sounds like it’s for you, apply online today!

All candidates will be notified of the outcome on their application via email. Short-listed candidates may be required to complete an interview process, reference checks, pre-employment medical and drug assessments, and Ministry of Justice or Police vetting check.

For further information refer to the position description available on our careers website at

Please note this role is being sourced directly and we are not accepting applications via external recruitment agencies.

Permanent - Full Time

Job no: CNAO957279

Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

Closing Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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