Associate – Resource Management / Local Government - Support and grow
Decipher Group
Palmerston North, New Zealand
6d ago
  • Do you understand and work confidently in resource management, environmental and local government law?
  • Do you enjoy diverse and challenging work with valued clients?
  • Take your next career move and explore the opportunities in this fast growing nationally recognised regional firm.
  • About the firm

    Cooper Rapley (CR Law) is one of the Manawatu's leading and largest law firms. They are a full-service firm with representation in Palmerston North, Feilding and now Wellington.

    They have been serving their broad range of clients for over 140 years. Over that time the firm has developed a reputation of providing high-quality, commercially minded, and pragmatic legal services across a range of areas.

    Their experts are highly experienced in rural, commercial, local government and resource management matters at a local and national level.

    In growth mode, CR Law is looking for talented lawyers to join their teams throughout the lower North Island. Could this be you?

    Growth mode - About the opportunity

    The highly regarded Resource Management and Local Government team at CR Law is in need of a motivated and talented lawyer to support its diverse and growing client base.

    This role could be based in Wellington or Palmerston North, with opportunities for flexible working arrangements.

    The work in this team encompasses all aspects of local government and resource management and provides opportunity for the right person to work with experienced partners in a supportive environment.

    The role will provide exposure in a range of work across resource management and local government areas, including infrastructure and development projects, district and regional planning and policy matters, resource consent applications, building, administrative law, and regulatory matters.

    This role needs a lawyer ready to immerse themselves in client files and deliver high quality legal work. The variety and significance of the projects undertaken by CR Law is broad, with the quality of work as good as that you would receive within a City’ firm.

    You’ll also have a level of autonomy not offered at all firms, while being supervised by experienced partners. Is this you?

    About you

  • To be successful in this role you’ll be working in a local government or resource management legal team currently with at least 4 years post qualification experience;
  • two of which in these disciplines.

    You will be familiar with the rigour of infrastructure projects, plan changes and urban development. You will have experience in writing legal opinions and submissions, with outstanding research skills.

    Ideally you will have some understanding of the workings, intricacies and nuances of local government clients and the detail and technical level of the work.

    You will need a highly attuned capacity to manage competing priorities and to be able to deliver to strict deadlines with high quality work.

    You will enjoy being part of a collaborative and supportive team delivering on major projects that have a tangible impact in the community.

    You will have a current NZ practising certificate.

    How to apply

    To discover more about CR Law, visit

    For information about the region please visit : and watch Palmerston North’s City Council video here :

    For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Hannah Doney on 027 511 9058 or by email to

    Applications close : Friday14th May 2021

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