ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Solicitor, Enforcement - LINZ - Wellington

  • Are you interested in playing a key role in protecting New Zealand's valued assets?
  • Do you enjoy an intellectual challenge and complex decision making?
  • Do you want to be involved in shaping New Zealand case law?


The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) is part of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). LINZ is the government department responsible for land related functions (including land titles), geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and administering the Overseas Investment Act.


Following changes to the Overseas Investment Act, we've had the opportunity to expand our Monitoring and Enforcement Teams. Our professional, highly skilled and savvy team is now looking for a Senior Solicitor to join them in the work they are doing to ensure responsible and beneficial overseas investment for a prosperous New Zealand. 


Day to day, our Enforcement Team investigates breaches of the overseas investment legislation and takes appropriate action to maintain the integrity of the regulatory regime. This includes aspects of education, monitoring, site inspections, investigations and enforcement. 


The Senior Solicitor role will give you the opportunity to apply your litigation experience and skills to an interesting and complex area of the law, particularly at a time like now. Our high functioning Enforcement team have a strong wealth of experience and specialisation in the OIO work they do and will provide an excellent support structure for you as you find your feet.


You'll work in partnership with the investigators in the Enforcement team and will provide quality, well considered legal advice to support investigations into breaches of the Overseas Investment Act and to manage enforcement action. With your ability to consider and craft innovative solutions, you'll enjoy this opportunity to be involved in our challenging, politically visible work and see the genuine impact of our work on New Zealand's future.


Using your professional and proven relationship management skills, you'll expertly liaise with well-regarded external counsel on leading cases to formulate strategy and achieve our joint goals. You'll advise on evidence and public law issues in relation to potential breaches of overseas investment rules, draw on your knowledge of enforcement in a regulatory context and apply your statutory interpretation experience to contribute to legislative reform and operational policy.


With your excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to effectively manage conflict, you will be able to hold robust conversations and confidently interact with external advisors. You'll use these same skills to contribute to the preparation of briefings for the Ministers' offices and Ministerial correspondence, as well as media and Official Information Act queries, as required.


As a business group, LINZ and the OIO pride themselves on continually improving and further developing its enforcement capability, as we strive to become a world-class regulatory authority. With your strong interest in this area of work, you'll contribute to projects that improve the performance of the OIO and will take the initiative to remain abreast of issues in both internal and external environments (particularly the media) that could affect or impact the work we do and proactively consider solutions or interventions.


Please note: A law degree and a current practising certificate (or ability to hold one) is essential for this role.


How to Apply

To apply, please click "Apply Online." You'll be taken through to our LINZ Careers Centre where you'll be able to review further information about the responsibilities and accountabilities of this role in the Position Description. You'll be able to complete your online application form and upload a copy of your CV and Cover Letter. 


Please keep in mind when including your CV and Cover Letter to specifically highlight the capabilities and skills listed in the above ad and the position description. We're not just all about formal professional experience here at LINZ, if your application also includes some information about the community engagement or volunteering work you've done - we'd love to hear about it!


Applications close Sunday 24th May 2020.


For further information on this role please contact and a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch with you. 


All enquiries and applications will be treated as strictly confidential.


As an organisation LINZ embraces diversity, encourages work life balance and we have a flexible approach to the way we work which means you will quickly feel connected and valued.

LINZ is one of the most engaged organisations in the public sector and people always say what a great place LINZ is to work.