ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Legal Counsel – Full time - Christchurch

Legal Counsel – Full time - Christchurch

  • Fantastic Private-Sector Inhouse Role
  • Family-owned nationally-recognised property and building company
  • Supportive and close-knit team


About Calder Stewart

From humble beginnings to a truly national player, Calder Stewart is a nationwide leader in developing property and building solutions for New Zealand’s industrial and commercial markets.

Every year our team of around 450 people delivers outcomes for local, national, and international clients by building many of the largest and most complex projects across the country.

A family-owned business started in Milton, Otago in 1955, for almost 70 years we have successfully evolved our services into a national offering. Our capabilities include an extensive land portfolio, end-to-end property services, Design Build solutions, plus manufacturing and construction services. We have generations of proven experience on our team, we deliver flexible solutions and we are driven by a common set of values in 'Find a Way', 'Play Fair', 'Be Loyal' and 'Own It'.


About the opportunity

As part of the Shared Services Team, the Legal Counsel will be directly involved in complex business transactions, providing leadership in the direction and execution of contractual relationships which will ensure that Calder Stewart can continue to be a leader in smarter building solutions and achieve its strategic and commercial objectives.

Reporting to the COO/General Counsel and working integrally with our various business leaders, you will provide legal input into contractual negotiations, implementation, and management to ensure the efficient and effective running of all contractual obligations, including assisting the business to manage commercial disputes. In doing so, assisting the COO/General Counsel identify, assess, and mitigate legal risk for the Group.


About you

You will be a mid-senior lawyer with a current NZ practicing certificate, at least 4 years’ PQE which has been focused on NZ construction law. Your ability to draft and negotiate contracts and other legal documents, and to resolve issues pragmatically will see you succeed in this role, as will your ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various stakeholders. You will be a clear communicator with a pragmatic and solutions-focused approach.

You will be competent to work independently of others whilst knowing your limits and when to ask for help. Most of all you will be passionate about getting stuck in and delivering results.

At the moment you might be working in-house or in private practice, but you are looking to be part of a close-knit team, focused on delivering legal support to the wider organisation so that together, you can achieve future-focused objectives.


Why Calder Stewart?

At Calder Stewart, our workplace culture is built around a duty of care towards our whole team. A family-owned business, we remain committed to providing quality opportunities for our people to grow in their roles.

Alongside a focus on health and safety and quality work done well, we are ambitious to help New Zealand build a strong future through our property and building solutions.

In return for your commitment and hard work you will receive a competitive salary and get to work with a great bunch of professionals and grow your career through training opportunities in the industry. We are proud of our company culture and offer a supportive work environment and provide long-term career opportunities for all our employees.

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How to Apply

To register your interest in this role please apply here online.

Applications for this position must have a New Zealand Residency or a valid New Zealand Work Visa.

Calder Stewart is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

A negative drug test result will be a condition of any offer of employment.


Closing Date: Monday 30th June 2024