ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Legal Adviser - Intermediate or Senior level (part time 20 hours per week) - Nelson City Council

Legal Adviser - Intermediate or Senior level (part time 20 hours per week)

  • Use your skills and special interest in commercial or corporate law to advise across a wide variety of issues affecting local government
  • Work flexibly in a small, professional in-house team
  • Nelson is a thriving “Smart Little City” with lots of lifestyle opportunities

About the role

We have a great opportunity for an intermediate or senior lawyer to join our busy in-house legal team and support Council as it develops its approach to key issues important in our region.

Based in Nelson and reporting to our General Counsel, you will provide high quality legal support and advice primarily in commercial, contracting and procurement matters, while also supporting all aspects of Nelson City Council’s activities and business.

This role has potential for tremendous variety. While you’ll be focused in the commercial, contracting and procurement space, you’ll have the opportunity to provide advice across a broad range of areas affecting local government, such as commercial and strategic property negotiations, development agreements, civil disputes, LGOIMA and Privacy, CCTO/CCO matters and law reform.


About you

As a qualified and experienced commercial lawyer, you will be a pragmatic problem solver, bring strong communication skills and create great relationships across the organisation and with external legal providers to ensure the best outcomes for Council. Expeience in property law would be a bonus.

Your experience in local or central government is ideal but not essential, and you must be eligible to hold a practising certificate.


What we offer

In return for bringing your skills, knowledge and experience to us, you’ll be rewarded with a comprehensive remuneration package (salary, KiwiSaver, relocation assistance, and more), generous leave provisions and ongoing personal and professional development in an inclusive and supportive work environment.

This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week offering flexibility with start and finish times. Talk to us about the kind of arrangement you’re looking for!


About us

"Working together to make Nelson an even better place"

Nelson City Council is an organisation filled with supportive people who love this beautiful city of ours. It’s an exciting time to live, work and play in Nelson as the city continues to grow and thrive. We have amazing weather and a gorgeous natural environment to play in, and our city always has something going on. Whether it be major events or just a general buzz in town, it’s a great place for all ages.

If you believe you have the right attitude, relevant experience and are committed to making a difference to Nelson communities, we would love to hear from you.


Applications close: Midnight on Sunday 12 February 2023


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For more information about the role please contact: Margi Creed, Business Partner (Recruitment) in People and Capability on 0220 129 233.