ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Law Reform & Advocacy Advisor (12 months Fixed Term) - New Zealand Law Society - Wellington

Law Reform and Advocacy Advisor (Fixed term to cover parental leave)

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Wellington


About the Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is the professional body for barristers and solicitors in New Zealand. The Law Society regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand and is the membership organisation for practising lawyers. With 13 branch offices throughout the country, the Law Society is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the practise of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and the consumers of legal services.


About the role

  • Unique opportunity to collaborate with leading lawyers on law reform and ensuring legislation is fit for purpose
  • Contribute to representing the profession and working in the public interest
  • Varied and intellectually challenging work in a political environment


We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our in-house law reform team, to assist our specialist committees make to submissions on diverse, interesting and important law reforms. This is a great opportunity to make a practical contribution to supporting the administration of justice and rule of law in New Zealand. Law reform is one of the New Zealand Law Society’s statutory functions and is a key part of the legal profession’s engagement with government.


You’ll be working with a collegial, supportive team of in-house lawyers, and liaising with lawyers across New Zealand who serve on our specialist committees. The work is challenging, varied and fast-paced, and requires a high level of judgment and political nous.


This is a 12-month full-time parental leave contract. The role would be a good development opportunity for in-house lawyers wanting to gain insights into government policy and legislative processes, and a secondment may be able to be negotiated. We are looking to appoint a Law Reform and Advocacy Advisor, but would be open to appointing at a more senior level depending on the candidate (link to Senior level PD found below).


The ideal applicant will have:

  • A law degree (and ideally candidates will have 4+ years post-qualification experience (legal practice, inhouse or public sector))
  • An understanding of policy development and law-making
  • Strong analytical, project and time management skills
  • A high standard of accuracy, clarity and consistency in written and oral language
  • Political nous and diplomacy
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • A sense of humour


The Law Society wants to attract, support and retain quality staff and one of the ways we achieve this is by offering employees flexible working, to support staff to deliver their best and achieve a good work/life balance. The Law Society is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and is keen to ensure that appointments reflect New Zealand’s multicultural society. Applications from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged.


A copy of the Advisor position description, and additional information about the role, can be found on the vacancy listing on our website - please follow this link:


For information on the Law Society’s law reform work, see


For a confidential discussion please contact a member of the People and Culture team [email protected].


If you would like to apply, please complete the application form (found on our website link above) and submit this together with your cover letter and CV to [email protected].

Please do not apply using the Seek portal as we will only consider applications that have been made to the above email address.


Applications close 5pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.