ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel - Williams Legal Recruitment Limited - Auckland

  • Newly created in-house role
  • Ideal opportunity for corporate lawyer with governance experience
  • Boutique, award winning investment firm
  • Auckland CBD

If you are a talented corporate lawyer seeking a new and stimulating in-house role for 2022, look no further!

About the company

Milford Asset Management Limited ('Milford') is a high performing, award-winning investment management business. Based in Auckland and with offices throughout New Zealand and in Australia, Milford has a stand out reputation in the wealth management sector and is independently recognised for delivering superior results and service. As a majority NZ owned and employee-owned business, Milford is dedicated to growing the wealth of investors and the overall prosperity of the New Zealand economy.

About the role

In this newly created role, you will report to the Head of Risk and Compliance and General Counsel and work as part of a cohesive and effective team. The primary purpose of this role is to provide expert governance support to the Milford Group entities and ensure that legal and regulatory obligations are met. As the Company Secretary you will develop a close relationship with Directors and senior management to ensure the smooth running and effective flow of information for the Milford Group Boards. This will involve providing 'hands on' company secretarial services to the Board as well as being the first point of contact in all governance matters, monitoring changes in relevant legislation and regulations, and developing and overseeing systems to enhance governance best practice. In addition, you will support the Head of Risk and Compliance and General Counsel in delivering sound advice across a broader range of legal areas. This will involve advising on a diverse range of issues including contractual, corporate and compliance matters.

What we are looking for:

  • Qualified lawyer with NZ practising certificate (or eligibility to hold one)
  • A minimum of approx. eight years legal experience in corporate and commercial law
  • Company secretariat experience
  • Superior relationship management skills with the ability to build rapport and credibility
  • High level attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A positive, approachable and collaborative style

This is a great opportunity for an astute, career minded lawyer to establish themselves as a trusted governance professional in a high performing and rapidly growing business. You will join a talented group of professionals who are passionate about their work, collaborate to deliver, and respect and value each other's contributions. With a superb working culture, along with an array of employee benefits on offer including a highly desirable employee share scheme, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity and to obtain a copy of the position description, please contact Jennifer Williams at Williams Legal Recruitment Limited on 027 220 8003 or [email protected]