Associate Counsel - Corporate

  • ClassificationIn-house
  • Salary$110,000 ~ $120,000
  • Work typePermanent
  • LocationOtago, New Zealand
  • Posted on21 Aug 2019
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Associate Counsel - Corporate

Who are we?

The Queenstown Lakes District has enjoyed a long period of significant employment, visitor and population growth. Queenstown Lakes District Council is at the very heart of this growth, employing over 500 staff; we manage infrastructure development, community recreational facilities and planning, building and other regulatory services. With this growth forecasted to continue, QLDC needs to be resourced to manage the associated infrastructure and environmental demands.

To help manage the Council’s response to the above, QLDC’s legal team provides legal advice across the organisation and represents the Council in litigation on a variety of matters.  We are a team of six lawyers divided into two teams each responsible for a key risk area (RMA/ Regulatory and Corporate). This role presents an opportunity to be part of this team, working in a fast paced environment dealing with big city issues in a small community which is exciting and challenging.

Work-life balance is important to the team and the organisation. Equally important is our commitment to being recognised as a highly regarded and high functioning legal service unit.  

The Role

The Associate Counsel is a senior lawyer who provides strong legal advice in one of the key areas of legal risk for Council and provides management and leadership support to the General Counsel. The Associate Counsel is responsible for managing members of the corporate legal team.

The areas of expertise of the Associate Counsel will include Corporate and Commercial law. The Associate Counsel will be responsible for legal matters falling within the following areas:

  • Civil Disputes
  • Commercial/ Strategic Property
  • Development agreements
  • Commercial negotiations
  • LGOIMA and Privacy Compliance
  • CCTO/CCO matters
  • Reserves Act
  • Council Assets

The list is not exhaustive and there will be other matters that arise in the Local Government context that the Associate Counsel will be responsible for.

The Associate Counsel will be expected to manage files in an autonomous way, and keep the General Counsel briefed of key risks and developments in their matters.

The Associate Counsel will have a lot of interaction with external legal providers and will be expected to foster strong working relationships with these external parties, and actively manage the cost of their work.

The Associate Counsel is also a member of the wider legal team that will function as a single service delivery unit and will therefore have the opportunity to work on other legal matters as they arise.

About You

  • Tertiary bachelor qualification in Law
  • Holds, or is able to obtain, a New Zealand practising certificate.
  • Substantial legal experience (7+ years) in the areas of corporate and commerical law. Experience in local government, public, litigation and/or resource management law will also be helpful. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and in a customer centric manner with a range of people within and outside the organisation
  • Legal risk management skills.
  • Successful track record of delivering customer-focused solutions that address underlying needs.
  • Demonstrated sound analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal customers and legal service providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated professional ethics, integrity and reliability at all times
  • Demonstrated highly successful communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and an awareness of Maori perspectives and issues relevant to Maori

The Benefits

  • Competitive market remuneration
  • Career progression and training opportunities
  • Regular working hours
  • Subsidised Health Insurance
  • Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
  • Company social club
  • Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidates

For more information on the role, or to apply, please visit Applications close 11 September 2019.



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