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Senior Lawyer, Lawyer

Date:  22-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Senior Lawyer and Lawyer, MSD Legal



Fixed Term/Secondment Opportunity till 30 June 2023



Location: National Office, Wellington



We offer flexible work arrangements to the right person, that includes flexible hours or part time hours. 




  • Be part of supporting the establishment of the Ministry for Disabled People and supporting the complex legal needs of the new Ministry


  • Join a new team, with a strong people focus



About the MSD Legal Group

This role is within the MSD Legal team which is providing transitional services to the Ministry.  MSD Legal provides legal services to all units across  MSD, advising on everything from policy development to contracts and representing the Ministry before tribunals and courts. We also oversee legal services from Crown Law and external providers to supplement expertise in the team.



About the Role

Senior Lawyer/Lawyer:


This role is for the ultimate generalist who likes to turn their hand to any legal issue, working at pace and bringing all of their problem solving and communication skills to the table.


Working in a newly formed team of 5, this role will specifically support the work relating to the Ministry for Disabled People, ensuring a smooth transition to the new Ministry, establishment of new ways of working and most crucially, positive working relationships with the staff at the new Ministry.  In order to develop and manage these relationships, an understanding of the experiences of disabled people and the importance of the perspectives of those with lived experience is highly desirable.


In this role, lawyers will need to be confident advising on a broad range of legal areas across contracts, procurement, litigation, health and safety, employment, and governance.  This role is for the ultimate all-rounder who enjoys variety and comes with a trusted background working inhouse.


About You


To thrive in this role, you will need to be an excellent communicator, eager to grow and develop, exercise sound judgement, and be a committed team player. 


You’ll join an inclusive and fun environment where we will celebrate achievements and prioritise development. Our team values diversity and we welcome flexible working. Te Ao Māori is embedded in the way we do things at MSD.


Skills and Experiences:


  • a qualified barrister and solicitor with a current practising certificate
  • excellent relationship and communication skills
  • a sound knowledge (or proven ability to quickly obtain) as an inhouse generalist – working across contract and commercial law, litigation and governance
  • proven credibility, integrity and professionalism


If this opportunity appeals to you, do not hesitate, apply now!








How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key responsibilities listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date: Monday, 4 July 2022






Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated.