Senior Solicitor

Date:  19 Sep 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Join MBIE’s Legislation Team and help deliver MBIE’s substantial and complex legislative programme
  • Opportunity to work on legislation across a broad variety of subject areas
  • Flexible working options available to support work-life balance
  • Permanent position based in Wellington CBD
  • Salary range $112K - $160K plus kiwisaver

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Solicitor to join the Legislation Team within the Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch.

Our Legislation Team provides legal advice on the development and amendment of primary and secondary legislation across MBIE’s 17 regulatory systems. This creates opportunities for our lawyers to work on legislation across a range of different regulatory systems depending on their experience and interest. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Senior Solicitor with approximately 7+ years PQE to help to help support MBIE’s core purpose of growing New Zealand for all.  In this role you will work with other in-house lawyers, policy analysts and the Parliamentary Counsel Office to support MBIE, as well as Ministers and Select Committees to deliver the Government’s legislation programme.

As a Senior Solicitor in the Legislation Team, you will work with autonomy in a collaborative and collegial team. You will provide support to colleagues of all experience levels and be capable of providing advice and support on some of MBIE’s most complex and high-profile legislative matters.

To find out more about MBIE’s Legal team click here.


Salary range:
Senior Solicitor 1 $112K - $138K
Senior Solicitor 2 $132K - $160K

Why work for us?

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to develop new approaches.  Our collaborative team encourages a positive, customer focussed, innovative and best in class attitude.  We are a fun, focused and supportive team who works hard to deliver excellence to our clients. 

We proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.

We provide a wide range of flexible working arrangements to support work-life balance including flexible working hours, and some days working from home to name a few.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and Experience Required


We are interested to hear from you if you have:



  • Approximately 7+ years PQE and experience in providing legal support to colleagues developing primary and secondary legislation, including the development of policy, instructing, and working with the Parliamentary Counsel Office.
  • An ability to advise on and participate in the Cabinet and Parliamentary processes relevant to the development of primary and secondary legislation.
  • Sound legal technical skills
  • A client service attitude, with excellent relationship management skills 
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication abilities, which allow you to convey key ideas and issues in a way that is suitable to the audience
  • The legal right to live and work in NZ
  • A tertiary qualification in law and a current practising certificate (or be eligible to hold one)

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.


  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.


E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to Apply:


 All applications must be submitted via our online process and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Click here to view the Senior Solicitor 1 position description.

Click here to view the Senior Solicitor 2 position description.


Email Dorinda Te Kiri at quoting ref MBIE/13542 if you have any further questions.


Applications close 3 October 2023