ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Intermediate Solicitor, Enforcement - FMA - Auckland

Lead the way.

At the FMA, the work you do counts. We lead better, fairer outcomes for investors, customers and New Zealanders. Our innovative people drive the evolution of the financial sector, influencing the industry and effecting positive change. At the FMA, the work you do has a significant impact.

Our culture is our real point of difference, with access to an approachable and engaged executive leadership team, flexibility and work-life balance. We're a family-friendly and genuinely caring community, who support one another both personally and professionally.

It's an inspirational and continuously evolving environment, unlike any other. Regardless of where you are at in your career we have a place for you, and right now we're looking for an exceptional Intermediate Solicitor to join our Enforcement team, within our General Counsel function. 

Our Enforcement team is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to FMA enforcement action in response to misconduct and contraventions of the law/professional standards within the financial markets.

In this role, you will provide high quality legal advice in relation to the FMA's investigation of misconduct and apply your expertise in litigation or regulatory enforcement to ensure the FMA's goals are achieved, and that the enforcement function reinforces the FMA's reputation as an effective, proactive and respected organisation.

You will be responsible for taking a leadership role on smaller cases, from the investigation phase through to the conclusion of any enforcement actions, including drafting of instructions and management of external Counsel, the Crown and experts. Advocacy opportunities might arise depending on the case, which could also see you appearing at Financial Advisors Disciplinary Committee hearings.

This role is ideally suited to a highly motivated intermediate level solicitor with a background in litigation/regulatory enforcement, however we would consider an experienced financial services lawyer looking to move into litigation. Your tertiary qualification in law, (ideally gained with Honours) and current practising certificate (or entitlement to one) are pre-requisites for the role. A commerce or business degree will be a real asset. You'll have 4-6 years' post admission experience at a private law firm or regulator, where you have gained a working knowledge of civil procedure (essential) and/or criminal procedure (desirable). You will also have strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and drive.

At the FMA, you'll be proud knowing that the work you do is creating a legacy for New Zealand. We offer flexible working arrangements and a variety of wellness activities. A strong emphasis is placed on your life outside the workplace, and diversity and inclusion are championed in an environment where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.

At FMA we believe in a workplace where you can Lead, Learn & Live. To discover more and apply, click HERE or for further information or confidential enquiries please contact us at [email protected] 

Applications close 30 January 2022.

The Financial Markets Authority is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture where all employees have the opportunity to reach their potential.  We recognise that our continued success is dependent on the performance and ability of our employees.

We value interest from offshore talent for our future pipelines, however due to current border restrictions in New Zealand, we are only able to support local applications or applicants who already possess citizenship or existing working rights for New Zealand.

Information on COVID-19

The FMA is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff, their whanau and the wider community. With the implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework we are only able to consider applicants who hold a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and evidence of this will be requested as part of our employment process.