Associate Counsel - fixed term until February 2021
Consultant Olivia Murphy
Date posted 9 September 20192019-09-12 2019-11-08 legal Wellington Wellington NZ NZD 100000 130000 130000 YEAR Robert Walters https://www.robertwalters.co.nz https://www.robertwalters.co.nz/content/dam/robert-walters/global/images/logos/web-logos/square-logo.png
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade makes New Zealand safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, advancing the Government’s international priorities, and providing advice to the Government on its implications. By building connections and influence in other countries the Ministry act to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests.
About the role:
In this position you will provide general legal advice to all parts of the Ministry. No two days are the same - you will be involved in challenging overseas property projects, interesting contracting and tendering processes, complex questions of diplomatic privileges and immunities, domestic and overseas litigation, and Treaty of Waitangi law. This position would suit a high performing lawyer who has a commercial and/or public law background and wants to make a difference in New Zealand.
• Provide legal advice on different matters including (but not limited to) commercial activities, privacy and litigation
• Provide administrative and public law advice including on constitutional and machinery of Government issues and the Ministry’s implementation of its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi
• Advise Ministers and divisions on OIA and Ombudsman processes
• Address diplomatic privileges and immunities legal issues arising in NZ and overseas
• Advise on complex consular cases.
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and New Zealand Law Society Practising Certificate
• At least 7 years’ post admission experience, with some preferably in government or in-house
• Ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance
• Hold New Zealand citizenship
• Strong relationship, written and oral communication skills with an ability to convey complex information logically
• Ability to think strategically and contribute to group conversations/decision making while also being confident in exercising sound judgement and working independently as well
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade aspires to be a workplace that values and utilises diverse and inclusive thinking, people and behaviours. This means that staff reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the countries The Ministry works in, and that the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives are valued and respected.
The Ministry values are:
Impact: We achieve for New Zealand, everyday, everywhere
Kotahitanga: We draw strength from our diversity
Courage: We do the right thing
Manaakitanga: We honour and respect others
Robert Walters endeavours to review all applications in a maximum of five working days. If you have not received correspondence within this timeframe please do not hesitate to contact Olivia Murphy on 04 471 9738.