Senior Legal Counsel / Legal Counsel - Corporate
New Zealand Customs Service
Wellington, NZ
3h ago

Preferred location for this position is Wellington, however we will consider other locations such as Auckland or Christchurch.

We are looking for an experienced Legal Counsel or Senior Legal Counsel to join the Customs Corporate Legal team. Preferably, this role will be based in our Wellington Customhouse, however we will consider other locations such as Auckland and Christchurch.

Reporting to the Chief Legal Counsel, Corporate, you will work across many exciting legal areas, including law enforcement, COVID-19 response, national security, drugs and other prohibited goods, and tax / revenue collection.

The Customs Legal team provides legal advice on policy and legislative development in the border sector, OIA and privacy law, information sharing, international arrangements with a focus on trade and travel, litigation and a wide range of operational issues arising under the Customs and Excise Act 2018 and other Acts, we enforce at the border.

Working as part of a supportive and engaged legal team that is committed to encouraging career development, you will work to achieve excellent results and enjoy using your initiative, judgement and experience.

You will provide expert advice on a wide range of legal matters affecting Customs and ensure the delivery of high quality advice and professional service.

You will enjoy engaging with the business to deliver results and, where appropriate, mentor less experienced, colleagues to support their development in role.

To be successful as a Legal Counsel you will :

  • have excellent legal research, statutory interpretation, and advice writing skills;
  • build strong relationships to work in partnership with officers, managers, other government departments, and external partners;
  • currently hold or eligible to hold a New Zealand practicing certificate; and
  • have, one or more years post qualification experience and a genuine interest in Customs law and revenue legislation.
  • To be successful as a Senior Legal Counsel you will :

  • Be a qualified lawyer with at least 5 years' relevant post qualification experience;
  • Have experience working in a government or relevant commercial environment, preferably with providing quick turnaround robust and practical legal advice to an operational team;
  • Lead the provision of high quality legal advice;
  • Achieve results both within a team and independently, showing a high level of initiative and judgement, flexibility and a sense of responsibility;
  • Communicate with influence.
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