ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Property Solicitor - Wellington

We are the government's lead advisor on education. Each day, we work to create and deliver policies, infrastructure and systems to help children and students succeed. We need people like you - dedicated, passionate and driven - to help us continue to make a difference by lifting aspiration and raising educational achievement for every New Zealander.


  • Permanent - full-time (flexible working options available)
  • Experienced and agile leasing and land transaction solicitor needed
  • Be part of one of the largest and busiest property portfolios in New Zealand
  • Be part of a legal team driving innovation in legal operations and document automation
  • This is a dynamic time to be part of the property industry and the Crown's infrastructure programme
  • Wellington location preferred, but Auckland and Christchurch locations will be considered

About us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS) as a part of the Ministry manages one of the largest property portfolios in New Zealand, composed of over 2,100 primary and secondary State schools and over 8,000 hectares of land with a carrying value of $17.2 billion. EIS is also responsible for managing school payroll, school transport and for the delivery of information communication technology in schools. EIS undertakes around 3,000 projects per annum; a combination of Ministry and School led projects costing at least $800m per annum.

EIS has a significant pipeline of property, leasing, resource management and treaty work and is leading entity in its involvement with the construction industry, infrastructure development and construction litigation in New Zealand. EIS also leads a programme of advanced contract automation and strives to drive efficiency in its contracting processes.

About the role

The Property Solicitor role sits within EIS Legal and services multiple business units within EIS including Ownership and Occupancy, Acquisitions and Designations, Easements and Treaty. You will play an integral role advising EIS on legal issues with nationwide property projects with a focus on leasing and land tra nsactions. You will be experienced, confident and agile and work closely with the EIS Legal Director and team to support the future pipeline of property and infrastructure works and the Ministry's role in the industry.

Please note that there is more information in the position description attached.

About you

To be successful in this role, you need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Current practicing certificate and ideally at least three years PQE
  • Experience in property law, with expertise in leasing and land transactions
  • Ability to assess legal risk and balance with Crown objectives
  • Strong analytical, logical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across a diverse group of internal clients and networks of external consultants and advisors
  • Strong advisory capability, with effective written and verbal communication skills

This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the Government Legal Network in one of the largest and busiest property portfolios in New Zealand within a legal team driving innovation and automation in legal operations.

Please review the position description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at

Applications close midnight on Sunday, 16 September 2018.

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