In-House Legal Counsel | Commercial focus

Posted 09 July 2021
LocationAuckland, Auckland, Auckland
DisciplineIn - House Legal

Job description

The Company

Our client is a leading insurance provider to Kiwis all over New Zealand, whether it be providing large-scale corporate insurance schemes, general SME cover or individual insurance, our client offers a comprehensive and innovative suite of products. Based in the CBD, with about 200 staff, they operate in a highly regulated environment and are going through a transformational period to enhance their service and product to its customers, as well as modernising their internal systems for efficiency purposes. 

The Position

This role is for a 5+ year PQE lawyer (those more senior seeking a level of flexibility are also of interest) with a strong background in corporate and commercial legal matters to join a progressive team as they continue to lead the way in the insurance industry. As in-house Counsel, you would play a key role in advising on various matters of the group that may include: commercial contract drafting, technology, data and outsourcing agreements, corporate support on transactions, corporate governance & regulation. As part of a legal team of 4, you would collaborate with colleagues on a daily basis on a variety of legal issues but will also be able to operate with a good level of autonomy. You will report into a General Counsel with a wealth of knowledge about the industry and the company you work, as well as someone that can provide good leadership and mentorship in the role. 

Your broader role includes strategically partnering with internal stakeholders and business units to understand their commercial drivers and provide pragmatic advice that is also legally sound. It's important that you can therefore quickly establish rapport and credibility with a variety of people and gain an understanding of the context in which you're carrying out the work. You'd work with external law firms as required on matters that require specialist support and based on internal capacities too.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • 5+ years PQE with a background in corporate and commercial law with strong contract drafting and advice skills is key. Experience with technology related agreements would be highly regarded;
  • A background within a top-tier or well-regarded commercial law team - ideally with some in-house legal or secondment experience;
  • Previous in-house legal experience within insurance, financial services or a larger organisation would be preferred;
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to influence and guide internal and external stakeholders on commercial matters; an
  • A naturally commercial mindset with the ability to think strategically and pragmatically.
The team is looking for someone that is proactive, with a good attitude to their work and has good interpersonal skills.  They operate in a supportive environment, where there is mutual respect among all.

Whether you're looking to make your first move in-house or would like to step into a progressive insurance business where you'll have variety and be able to make a valued contribution, enquire now to find out more.
For further information, contact Harrison De Iongh 027 2745 926 or Anand Ranchhod on 027 2746 186 or email your CV by clicking 'APPLY' now. All enquires will be handled with confidence.