Senior Legal Counsel - Regulations and Compliance

New Zealand Rugby

  • Wellington

New Zealand Rugby is one of New Zealand’s largest sporting organisations, with a team of employees committed to ensuring that our national game is run smoothly and efficiently at all levels, all over Aotearoa.

About the role | Mō tēnei tūranga mahi

New Zealand Rugby is looking for a lawyer to join their in-house legal function for parental leave cover.

This is a dynamic and varied position where you can make a real impact throughout the organisation. You will be working on complex negotiations, drafting and dispute resolution processes in what is a very complex business with a vast range of legal issues and a great team of people.

You will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing all regulatory matters affecting the Game from Rippa rugby to professional rugby, from policy development, through consultation to drafting and negotiating and then monitoring and enforcement.
  • Assisting the rugby and operations team.
  • Providing investigation and litigation support.
  • Liaising with the General Counsel on general commercial work and, as capacity allows, supporting the Commercial team in contract drafting and negotiations.

This is a 9-month fixed-term contract, with the ability to extend to 12 months depending on the individual and timing of commencement.

What you will bring | Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu

  • A minimum of five years’ post-admission experience.
  • Ideally, you will have expertise in commercial law. But litigation experience will also be considered.
  • Regulatory experience is a bonus, but not essential.
  • Strong attention to detail and initiative.
  • Sound judgement and a team player.

Apply Now | Tono ināianei

New Zealand Rugby has partnered exclusively with Robert Walters. If you have a passion for sport and would like to work for this awesome organisation, contact Jess Vernal for a confidential discussion on 04 471 9756 or email



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