ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Senior Solicitor - Wellington

The maritime sector is central to our economy. Maritime New Zealand (Maritime NZ) is the national maritime safety regulator, and our work focusses on ensuring safe, secure and clean seas.

Our Legal Services Team is expanding, and we are looking to recruit a permanent full-time Senior Solicitor, based in Wellington.

While administrative law is central to what we do, the Legal Services Team advises on a diverse range of legislation and issues that span all of Maritime NZ’s responsibilities, including health and safety, maritime safety and security, marine protection, search and rescue, and oil spill response. New Zealand’s international maritime obligations also have a direct and real impact on much of what we do. Our team works to provide robust and practically focussed legal advice. This includes advising on the exercise of statutory discretion, assisting with the development of legislation, and undertaking litigation management by working closely with our external legal advisors who represent us in litigation.

As a member of the Legal Services Team, you may be required to work on any of these diverse issues. However, this particular role is primarily focused on working closely with our Maritime Compliance Group. Your main focus will be advising on use of compliance tools and the exercise of statutory discretion. This will involve internal litigation management of criminal prosecutions. You will need to work closely with our maritime officers and investigators, as well as the Crown Solicitor Network.

To be considered for this role, you must have a Bachelor of Laws, admission as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and a minimum of 5 years post-admission experience. You also must hold a current practising certificate (or be currently eligible to do so). Completion of the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative’s (G-Reg’s) Regulatory Compliance (Core Knowledge) qualification would be an advantage.

Proven experience in criminal and administrative law is a must. You also should have demonstrated experience in interpreting legislation and applying common law principles in a public law and criminal law context. Experience in any of the following areas is also highly desirable: health and safety law, maritime law, transport law, international law, and/or litigation or litigation management.

If you have demonstrated criminal law experience in the public sector, we would like to hear from you.

If you think you are right for this role and are interested in joining MNZ please review the position description and apply online via the MNZ Careers page. You will be required to complete an online application form and submit a cover letter and CV.

Applications close Monday 26 February 2018.

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Nikki Tremewan
Maritime New Zealand