ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Legal Counsel - Auckland Airport - full time 12-month fixed term

Senior Legal Counsel

  • One of NZ’s largest listed companies with a strong strategic vision
  • Work with world class leaders on interesting and challenging work
  • Terrific inhouse role for a talented property lawyer

Be part of a great NZ business that aspires to be a good global citizen and an employer of choice.


About the role

Join Auckland Airport as it implements its 30 year vision to build the airport of the future, a thriving hub for travel and business that will deliver better and faster passenger journeys, and a more intuitive and relaxing experience within terminals.


In this newly created Senior Legal Counsel role, you will assist the Head of Legal and the Retail Leasing & Commercial Manager in the preparation and negotiation of heads of agreement, agreements to lease and deeds of lease for the Manawa Bay development. Manawa Bay will be New Zealand’s premium outlet shopping destination. A fashion-led offering, with space to connect customers to over 100 of the best international and local brands. Curating an exciting, rewarding and seamless experience in a uniquely New Zealand way.


You’ll primarily operate effectively with the Retail Leasing & Commercial Manager and be accessible to ensure documentation with tenants is managed well and moves quickly and smoothly through the Auckland Airport team.


This is a full time 12-month fixed term contract based at Auckland Airport with flexibility to WFH.


What we’re looking for


  • Admitted to practice in NZ with 4+ years’ PQE in a leading law firm or inhouse
  • Experienced dealing with a wide range of corporate commercial law and direct commercial property law experience
  • Direct experience in retail leasing and preparation and negotiation of agreements to lease and deeds of lease is preferred but not essential
  • Capable of working autonomously to deliver results and enjoys being part of a high performing team
  • Proactive, authentic and approachable, with the ability to build relationships with people at all levels
  • Solutions-focused with strong communication skills, adept at highlighting issues and articulating risks


About the company


Since 1966, Auckland Airport has connected Auckland to New Zealand, and New Zealand to the world. It is the third busiest international airport in Australasia, with 20.5 million passengers having travelled through its terminals in the last 12 months.


It is a hub of economic growth, home to hundreds of local and global businesses, where 15,000 people work every day, and around $15 billion worth of freight passing through the airport every year. The wider airport precinct features a world-class business park, commercial office buildings, transport and logistic warehouses, hotels and leisure and recreational facilities.


With a 30 year plan to build the airport of the future, Auckland Airport is committed to being a responsible business.


How do I apply?


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Alternatively, contact us directly and quote reference number 1310906.


Kathryn Cross BMus LLB

027 700 8049 | [email protected]


Lara Gordon BA LLB (Hons)

027 349 6352 | [email protected]


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