The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal legal advisor to the Government and Parliament in relation to their legislative drafting and publishing responsibilities. The work of the Parliamentary Counsel Office is at the interface of policy and legislation and is a core component of delivering the Government’s legislation programme.

The objective of the Parliamentary Counsel Office is to promote high-quality legislation that is easy to find, use, and understand, and to that end, to exercise stewardship of New Zealand’s legislation as a whole. Excellent leadership by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel is critical to meeting this objective.

The Chief Parliamentary Counsel must lead by managing and planning for the medium-to-long-term laws of New Zealand, and promote the Parliamentary Counsel Office’s long-term capability, institutional knowledge and information, system and processes, assets, and the legislation it administers.

New Zealand’s Parliamentary Counsel Office is internationally recognised for its transparency and efficacy. This is an opportunity for an outstanding lawyer with senior leadership and management experience to lead an organisation that is ready to excel and innovate in the way it supports Parliament and contributes to the legislative aspects of the Government’s priorities.

The Chief Parliamentary Counsel must hold a legal qualification as set out in the Legislation Act 2012.

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission is managing the recruitment process for the Chief Parliamentary Counsel on behalf of the Parliamentary Counsel Office.

If you think you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded from For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact either Kirsten Henderson on +64 21 616 341, or alternatively you can email or David Baber on +61 459 991 501 or email With this search we will be assisted by Associate, Jennifer Little.

Completed applications must be submitted by Sunday 24 January 2021.

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