ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Principal Legal Advisor (Fixed Term) - Office of the Ombudsman - Wellington

  • Work closely with the Chief Ombudsman and Chief Legal Advisor
  • Assist with the design and development of a newly formed team
  • Fixed Term to June 2021


Mō te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata - About the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman works with his staff to help New Zealanders in their dealings with government agencies. The focus is on handling complaints against government agencies, undertaking investigations and inspections, and encouraging good administration. The Chief Ombudsman is independent and impartial, with the goal of fairness for all.


Mō tō mātou tira - About the team

The Chief Legal Advisor is currently establishing a Legal team to support the Chief Ombudsman. This team will be responsible for all legal advice and services in the Office of the Ombudsman. Most of the legal work involves supporting the Ombudsman's core functions (including under the Ombudsmen Act 1975, the Official Information Act 1982, the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 and the Protected Disclosures Act 2000), but the team will also be responsible for legal input into corporate and governance matters.


Mō te tūranga - About the role

This role will provide support to the Chief Legal Advisor to enable them to deliver on the day to day functions of the legal services team, and also to scope and develop the make-up of a permanent team and the team's processes.


He kōrero mōu - About you

To be successful in this role you will be a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and eligible to obtain a current practising certificate as well as:

  • At least 7 years post admission experience practicing law in the public or private sector
  • Extensive knowledge of constitutional and administrative law and substantial experience in their practice
  • Experiencing managing or supporting the management of legal teams
  • Excellent understanding of the constitutional role and position of the Ombudsman and its jurisdictions
  • Experience in executive and legislative processes (including policy development, passage of legislation and cabinet deliberation) and the New Zealand parliamentary system
  • Substantial experience in delivering high quality and timely legal advice on strategic, complex or specialist issues to a range of different decision makers


Me pēhea e tono - How to apply

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now' button here where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter. For further information about this vacancy please email [email protected].


All applicants will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand. Appointees will be subject to a criminal convictions check and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ Government (NZSIS) security clearance.


Depending on skills and experience the salary is expected to be between $153,000 and $179,000 per annum (pro-rated to the length of the fixed term contract).


Applications close Sunday 22 November 2020.