ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Solicitor - CAA/Avsec - Wellington

About us
If you’ve ever been to an airport in New Zealand you may have met some of our team. There are two parts to our organisation – the safety arm (Civil Aviation Authority), which is responsible for the safety oversight of the civil aviation system, and the security arm (Aviation Security Service) who you would have met if you’ve travelled by plane in New Zealand. We have a strong commitment to achieve Safer Skies and have a unique opportunity for you to help accomplish this.

The Authority embraces diversity and is committed to providing an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution.

Our values are central to shaping our behaviours and the way we work.


  • Me mahi tahi – Collaboration
    We work together to achieve and succeed. 
  • Me mahi pono – Transparency 
    We are open and honest communicators.
  • Me mahi tika – Integrity 
    We do the right thing.
  • Me manaaki – Respect
    We treat all people with consideration and kindness.
  • Kia tū rangatira ai – Professionalism 
    We act in a way that brings credit to ourselves and our organisation.


About the role
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Legal Services team is seeking an experienced intermediate solicitor ready to take the next step up to a senior solicitor role. 

This is an opportunity to advance your career in a busy, collegial legal team with a varied and dynamic workload; from regulatory enforcement actions, public law, statutory and rules interpretation, corporate, governance and general government administration law including responsibility for the CAA’s official information and privacy functions. 

The successful candidate will support our busy litigation practice, including instructing external counsel and preparing court proceeding in administrative appeals, civil litigation, coronial inquests, and regulatory prosecutions. The role includes the provision of advice to the Director of Civil Aviation and General Manager of the Aviation Security Service on safety and security matters. This is a newly created position, enabling the successful candidate to develop in areas of interest. 

You will report to the Chief Legal Counsel and work closely with our Principal and Senior solicitor. The role will encompass mentoring and assisting the development of our solicitors and graduate solicitor.


What we’re looking for

The job holder will need to exercise the following characteristics to successfully fulfil the potentially demanding requirements of this position:


  • The ability to communicate in plain English complex legal issues to non-lawyers.
  • Pro-active in recognising legal risks and problems with the ability to identify appropriate solutions.
  • The ability to maintain an independent, professional perspective even under pressure.



  • Qualified solicitor with current membership or eligibility for membership in the New Zealand Law Society. (Practicing certificate).


Essential Knowledge/Experience:

  • Fours years or more post-admission experience in providing high level legal advice in the field of public law/or government administration and legal research and writing.  
  • Experience in providing legal advice to senior management on statutory and regulatory compliance and decision making with particular skill in providing tactical advice and guidance in identifying and managing legal risk 


Why join us?
Our employees enjoy benefits including up to 4% Kiwisaver employee contributions and discounted health insurance premiums.

We invest in our people by helping them develop skills to make a great job of their current role and preparing them for potential future roles within the organisation. This extends to the health and wellbeing of our employees, where we offer flu vaccinations, eye tests and contributions towards eyewear.

Be a part of something from day one by joining one of our sports teams, and an active social club running a variety of events for members and their families.

The Authority is implementing change to deliver better regulatory outcomes and ‘safe and secure skies to help New Zealand fly’. Join us at this exciting time while we work to develop our new organisational culture and way of working.

Due to the New Zealand border being closed and new visa applications not currently being considered, we are only able to consider applicants who are currently residing in NZ or who have NZ Citizen or Permanent Residency status.

Please take a look at the Position Description for this role to find out if you have the relevant skills and experience and apply now! 
Applications close Friday 17th of September 2021. Click here to apply.