Current Opportunities

Crown Law takes pride in providing high level legal advice and representation to the Government in matters that affect all New Zealanders including crime, tax, the Treaty of Waitangi, human rights and New Zealand’s constitution. We have some of the finest legal minds in New Zealand. This could be your opportunity to work with them.

At Crown Law you will immerse yourself in some of this country’s most important and high profile cases. You will work with leading public lawyers and find professional challenges that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

In 1987 the Inner Temple, one of the Inns of Court in London, established the Pegasus Scholarship Trust, with the aim of building links between the legal professions of the many countries in the world who live under the common law system. The Trust is supported by each of the Four Inns of Court, which are societies of judges and barristers with wide responsibilities within the legal system in England.

During 2017 Pegasus Scholars from Crown Law, Buddle Findlay and Meredith Connell have travelled to chambers in London. The Pegasus Scholarship Trust wishes to again offer the opportunity for three New Zealand litigation practitioners, who have been in practice for not more than five years, as at the 1st February 2018 to work in barristers chambers in London for a period of six weeks. The scholarships may be taken at times that suit scholars during 2018, other than in July, August and September.

During the programme, scholars will spend time in chambers undertaking research, attending conferences, writing and reading cases and attending court.

The successful applicants will receive a weekly stipend of £300 from the Pegasus Trust while in London to help cover accommodation and living expenses.  However they will be expected to meet the costs of travel to and from London.  If it is required, temporary accommodation in London will be arranged by the Trust.  The scholars will be expected as a condition of the scholarship to return to New Zealand to resume practice, following the conclusion of the programme.  It is envisioned the successful applicants might be granted up to two months leave from employment for the period of the scholarship.

All applications should be forwarded by firms and chambers to the Pegasus Scholarship Trust, c/- Tanya McRoberts, Crown Law, PO Box 2858, Wellington, by 5 pm on Wednesday 25 October 2017.  Applications can also be sent via email to Tanya.McRoberts@crownlaw.govt.nz.

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At Crown Law you will immerse yourself in some of this country’s most important and high profile legal issues.  You will work with leading public lawyers and find professional challenges that you won’t find anywhere else. It is rewarding and challenging work that will see you making your mark.  On top of that we offer an open and flexible work environment and unique career development opportunities.

  • Gain excellent public law and litigation and advice experience
  • Work with senior barristers and recognised public law experts
  • Opportunities for appearances for the Crown in the High Court and appellate courts
  • Opportunities to advise government in the development of policy and law reform
  • Benefit from active career development through mentoring, training and Government Legal Network opportunities
  • Quality ICT support

Counsel in the Crown Law Office conduct leading public law litigation, and appear at all levels of the courts. Counsel also advise on legal risk and solutions in relation to complex policy issues.  We currently have a vacancy for an Assistant Crown Counsel in our Constitutional and Human Rights Team.

The Constitutional & Human Rights team provides advice and legal representation for the Crown on human rights issues, including discrimination, police civil litigation, prisoners’ rights and New Zealand’s obligations under international human rights frameworks.  The team advises on constitutional issues, including electoral law and charities law, and on international law.  The Team frequently works with other teams within Crown Law; ensuring advice provided to its clients reflects human rights implications and obligations where appropriate.

We are seeking to appoint a lawyer with up to four years post admission experience to the role of Assistant Crown Counsel. Successful candidates will have a strong academic record, excellent written and oral communication skills and an interest in constitutional and human rights law.  You will have proven legal research skills and will also be able to demonstrate an ability to deliver highly effective client service while working in a busy team environment.

All applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript, citing the above vacancy.  Please send applications to hr@crownlaw.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

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Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government across a range of areas that affect all New Zealanders including matters relating to crime, tax and revenue collection, the Treaty of Waitangi, human rights, exercise of public powers and constitutional matters.

This is an outstanding opportunity to serve the Crown in a busy, high performing Government department that has recently refreshed its strategic direction and the operating model of its Human Resources function.

We are looking to appoint a Chief People Officer, reporting directly to the Deputy Chief Executive.  You will be expected to drive the people strategy and work with the Leadership Team to implement and support the new strategic direction.  At the same time you will also lead a small functional team and be able to roll your sleeves up to get things done.  You will have responsibility for the full range of HR functions including, strategy, organisational development, learning and development, employment relations, health and safety and payroll.  You will ensure that there is a very clear link between the people approach and the organisational vision and strategy.  You will also have an opportunity to influence the people approach for the wider Government Legal Network which is led by the Solicitor-General.

You will need to be an experienced HR leader who will be able to demonstrate success in building high performing teams and the ability to work with senior management.  You will be a strong communicator and enjoy leading change and developing strategies that deliver results.  You will also have the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with the wider sector and central government agencies.

To apply, please email your covering letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript to hr@crownlaw.govt.nz.

Applications close at 9am on Monday 23 October 2017.

[ Position Description ]

Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government across a range of areas that affect all New Zealanders including matters relating to crime, tax and revenue collection, the Treaty of Waitangi, human rights, exercise of public powers and constitutional matters.  

This is an outstanding opportunity to serve the Crown in a busy, high performing Government department that has recently refreshed its strategic direction and the operating model of its Human Resources function. You will have the opportunity to shape the way we deliver some of our HR services to the business.

We are looking to appoint an HR Co-ordinator, reporting directly to the Chief People Officer.  You will support a small HR team in completing the administrative requirements of the HR function and delivering HR services to the organisation, with specific responsibility for the coordination of the centralised recruitment process. 

If you are a team player, who is organised, has an eye for detail, a proven ability to manage confidential information, and enjoys working in a fast paced environment then we would love to hear from you.

To apply, please email your covering letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript to tanya.mcroberts@crownlaw.govt.nz. 

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 23 October 2017.

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