ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Legal Counsel / Lawyer - Commercial and IP - University of Canterbury - Christchurch

Kaiwawao Matua | Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial and IP


Te Tari o te Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor's Office


A rare opportunity has arisen to support UC's internal legal services function!

· Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

· Continuing (i.e. permanent) position


Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial and IP. Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.


Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

An immediate opening for a full-time Senior Legal Counsel in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor has arisen, to assist with providing commercial legal advice. You will assist the University's Research & Innovation Office with contractual matters and commercialisation on a daily basis. You will be a key team member of the Legal Services team, reporting to the General Counsel/Registrar.


Mōu | Who You Are

You will have a LLB Bachelor's Degree, a current practising certificate issued by NZLS, and significant knowledge and expertise in a broad range of commercial legal issues. In addition, you will be:

· a perceptive and proactive person who can provide timely advice across a full range of commercial and contractual matters

· excellent at relationship building with the ability to find pragmatic solutions to variety of technical problems

· able to manage competing priorities and a significant and diverse work load

· outstanding at writing and have excellent analytical and communication skills as well as strong judgment

· knowledge and experience with research funding and commercialisation of research outcomes would be an advantage.

Applicants who are comfortable with technology, committed to teamwork, responsive and have a proven record of providing the highest quality client service, should apply today!


Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The General Counsel/Registrar is responsible for the legal function at UC as well as overseeing governance support, internal audit, policy and compliance. Additionally, this role will work closely with staff across UC in particular those engaging with the Research & Innovation Office. For more information about the Senior Management team, please visit our website.


Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury stands for whanaungatanga - we value people and their differences, manaakitanga - we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga - we will enhance and nurture our resources.

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit


The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 16 January 2021 (midnight, NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.


Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

This role may require that you are, and remain, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any additional doses or boosters that become available, during your employment with the University of Canterbury.

Due to current border restrictions, you must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.


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