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Welcome to Ngā Pou o te Taumaru’s Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch

MBIE’s Legal, Ethics and Privacy (LEAP) branch work with stakeholders across the organisation so that MBIE can act lawfully to achieve its goals, manage legal and privacy risk, and empower its people to do the right thing.

We provide comprehensive legal, privacy and integrity advice and services to all parts of MBIE including Building and Energy, Business and Employment, Immigration and Tourism, Science and Technology, and various Cross-government functions.

Our teams work in the following areas of the law; Commercial, Employment, Environmental, Housing, Privacy and Property law, Immigration, Legislation, Litigation and Official Information.

As you can see, we cover a wide section of the law, where you can grow your knowledge and experience while benefiting the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

About us

As one of the largest in-house legal teams in the government sector, we currently we have around 70 solicitors working across our offices in Auckland and Wellington.  While most of our team are Wellington based there are opportunities in both locations.  Our team consists of a diverse range of experience from junior solicitors through to very experienced senior solicitors, all willing to share their knowledge and experience. 

There are six teams in our branch: Commercial, Corporate and Registries (including the Privacy team), Legislation, Litigation, Integrity and Business Management.

What our team say

  • “The mahi we undertake in LEAP not only supports MBIE’s overall strategy of improving the livelihoods and wellbeing of all, it also generates outcomes with lasting value and purpose.  As a senior in-house counsel, my role strikes an appropriate balance between autonomy, support, work-life synergy and professional development.”

    Sanjay Bhawan, Senior Solicitor

  • “The scale of MBIE enables you to work on such a wide variety of projects in completely different areas. As a solicitor at MBIE, from one moment to another you can find yourself coming to grips with wildly different areas of law, working on consumer protection law at moment, to employment or commercial law at the next. The diversity of work available at MBIE keeps you constantly engaged.”

    Callum Gray, Solicitor

  • “MBIE has always been on my radar as a place to work because the breadth of work undertaken across the Department appeals to a generalist like myself. I have also heard great things about the people and culture. Given these factors and given I’m an absolute public law nerd, the opportunity to join MBIE Legal in the Immigration space in 2022, a year when NZ is reconnecting with the world and where huge numbers of natural events and events triggered by people are triggering worldwide migration was too good to pass up.”

    Danielle Consedine, Senior Solicitor, Corporate & Registries Team.

  • “As a public sector lawyer for MBIE, it’s incredibly motivating to spend every day engaging on matters that directly affect New Zealand. These past years, it obviously has not all been ‘business as usual’. We have been involved in complex, challenging, even novel work. There is much to be proud of, while also being acutely aware of significant human impacts along the way. Now, it’s incredibly exciting our work is focused on being open again, reconnecting and looking ahead to what comes next.”

    Louisa Coxon, Senior Solicitor

What is the work like?

Our Solicitors and Senior Solicitors work on some of the most interesting, complex, and high-profile projects that contribute to MBIE’s goal of improving lives in New Zealand and growing Aotearoa for all.   

You will have the opportunity to provide legal advice on a broad range of matters including a focus on climate change, sustainability and the future of work. 

Our stakeholders may be involved in developing and implementing building legislation and regulations for climate change, or management of New Zealand’s mineral and petroleum resources to help build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.  Others will be seeking legal advice on compliance with tenancy standards under the Residential Tenancies Act or enforcing and monitoring minimum employment standards in New Zealand or providing resources encouraging industry and large employers to improve conditions for workers.

You will work with policy and legal experts in their field to design and develop legislation affecting some of the most critical aspects of our economy. Our branch is regularly involved in the development of legislation across all of MBIE’s portfolios with areas such as Employment, Health and Safety, Accident Compensation, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Communications, Building and Construction, Immigration, Tourism and Trade.

The work can change from day to day and can be reactive to national as well as world events such as the Covid-19 pandemic or the Ukraine crisis.  It is interesting, varied and challenging, as well as some more regular day to day activities.

Some of the projects we have recently being working on include New Zealand Space program, Climate Change initiatives such as the New Zealand battery project, not to mention a wide range of legislative and regulatory changes such as Immigration, Radiocommunications (Maori Spectrum) Bill, Crown Minerals Regulation & Programme update and many others.

Working with us will expose you to a wide range of interesting areas and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the latest government initiatives and programs.

Learn more about Working Here  and our Our Culture and Values here.

Are you up for the challenge? Join our Legal Ethics and Privacy Branch within MBIE today

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people at all levels with experience in providing high quality legal advice for a range of subject areas and stakeholders.

Below are our open vacancies, but don’t worry if there aren’t any currently.  We would love to hear from you and discuss future opportunities. Please click on the expression of interest option and we will be in touch.

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