ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Legal Counsel - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Do you have excellent commercial acumen and contracting and risk management experience?
  • Are you looking for a role where you can work proactively and independently, take responsibility, and make a real difference?
  • Do you have a current New Zealand practising certificate as a Barrister and Solicitor?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is seeking a standout lawyer to join the University's Legal Services team and provide strategic and operational legal advice on a wide range of issues across the University.

As Senior Legal Counsel, you will report directly to the General Counsel and have a high degree of autonomy in providing the full range of legal, governance, risk, compliance and regulatory-related advice. You will be a highly capable, experienced lawyer with excellent judgement and influencing skills and the ability to advise on a wide range of issues (including corporate and commercial, governance, property and construction, intellectual property, contract review and negotiation, statutory interpretation and advice, privacy, public and administrative matters, litigation and dispute resolution, and information technology).

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Your practical approach will see you quickly become a trusted adviser to senior leaders throughout the University. You will operate independently, provide robust solutions-focussed legal advice, and be proficient in handling matters of significant complexity or importance. You will have responsibility for substantial legal issues and/or work-streams and the ability to stand in for the General Counsel from time to time.

As a key member of the Legal Services leadership team, you will help shape the direction of the team, take responsibility for your own internal client relationships, and lead and mentor other legal staff.

You will bring your initiative, judgement, experience and can-do attitude to a varied and dynamic environment that provides plenty of opportunities and challenges.

You will have the following:

  • A relevant tertiary legal qualification
  • A current New Zealand practising certificate (or the ability to obtain one)
  • Experience in advising on a wide range of legal matters with at least seven years of PQE
  • Proven understanding of legal principles and practices with experience of providing practical advice to organisational leaders and managers
  • Excellent commercial acumen and contracting and risk management experience
  • Proven experience in managing relationships and ability to persuade and influence others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

The Legal Services team is responsible for provision of all legal advice and services to the University. The team enables the University to achieve its strategic objectives, aims to make life easier for University staff, and champions simplicity over complexity. You will gain experience working directly with Senior Leadership in a small but busy team and enjoy an opportunity to lead and influence others.

If you're looking for a role where you can work proactively and independently, take responsibility, and make a real difference, then we want to hear from you.

Role Description

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Robyn Cavill-Fowler [email protected] but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:
Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click the apply now, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to [email protected] stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Friday, 4 February 2022.

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