ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Senior Solicitor - Wellington

Are you driven to provide high-quality legal advice? Are you interested in the performance of the public sector? Are you keen enough to share your legal skills, knowledge and experience? If so, then this could be the next step in your career.

The Office of the Auditor-General is looking for a Senior Solicitor for its legal team. It's a great opportunity for an able public sector lawyer wanting to get some broader experience. And you don't need to know about auditing and accounting.   The Office of the Auditor-General has a small in-house legal team, which includes an Inquiries team. Our team's advice supports the Auditor-General in his role providing independent assurance and reporting about public sector activities, as an officer of Parliament under the Public Audit Act 2001.

The Auditor-General's work spans about 4000 entities and the entire public sector, so the work is varied and interesting. As a solicitor in the team, you'll be involved in:

  • providing in-house legal services to the Office of the Auditor-General, Audit New Zealand, and other auditors operating on behalf of the Auditor-General;
  • administering the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968; and
  • participating in and providing advice on all other operational and corporate work of the Office of the Auditor-General.

You might also help with inquiries or other special projects.

To be successful in this role you'll have:

  • a tertiary qualification in law;
  • eligibility to obtain a practising legal certificate;
  • excellent knowledge of the parliamentary and public sector environment; and
  • at least 10 years' experience in legal work, preferably with some experience in the public sector.

You must be able to gain a security clearance to apply for this position. See details below.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

To find out more about us, see our website:

You must apply online through (you'll find the application form and position description there, too).

Applications close Monday 21 January 2019.

Security clearance requirements:

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Confidential national security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must be a New Zealand citizen; or be a permanent resident, or hold a current residency class visa, and intend to become a citizen when eligible. Candidates must have a 5-year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken, which include the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia.