Legal Counsel
Harcourts Group New Zealand
Auckland, Full Time, Legal
Please Quote Reference Number 80764
  • Largest real estate group in New Zealand
  • International brand
  • Fun & dynamic culture

  • About Harcourts

    Harcourts is a name synonymous with exceptional property and exceptional real estate professionals. With a head office in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, we currently operate in 10 countries, with over 900 offices transacting sales exceeding $20 billion annually.

    About the role

    We now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced In- House Legal Counsel with 5+ years post admission experience to join our team and hit the ground running.

    In this role you will be responsible for:
    • New Zealand franchising specialty
      - Manage the workflow of and drafting franchise agreements, manage franchise compliance across NZ
      - Ensure documents are compliant
      - Provide specific operational advice on any franchisee recruitment and any dispute resolution matters
      - Provide practical legal and commercial training to the management team in areas, such as compliance with franchising law
    • Provides ongoing commercial legal support and advice to the Harcourts Group's management in New Zealand including risk management, negotiation support and any litigation.
    • Advising the management team and franchisees on the REA complaints process, including pointing them in the direction of the specialist legal advice they may require.
    • Managing and ensuring the management team and franchisees are informed of any relevant legislation, regulations and amendments, case law and best practice advice, including summarising any Complaints Assessment Committee - Drafting and review of New Zealand leases and contracts as necessary (e.g. supplier contracts).
    • Establishes and maintains appropriate corporate governance frameworks
    • Appoint and liaise with external counsel in respect of contentious matters
    • Provides high level direction to the HR Manager and NZ management team, as and when required
    • Attending relevant awards functions, national and business leaders conference as required.
    • Business planning with senior management to assist with the strategic direction of the NZ business.
    • Undertake any other areas of responsibility as may be reasonably assigned from time to time.
    To be successful in this role you will need to be a Qualified lawyer in New Zealand with a minimum 5 years of post-admission experience - ideally within both a corporate environment (preferably a mid-ranged growing international company) and in-house experience.

    Skills and experience required:
    • Strong general contracting expertise across a wide range of areas
    • Up to date knowledge of the laws applicable to real estate agents and property managers throughout New Zealand
    • Company secretarial, health & safety and privacy expertise
    • Experience managing external counsel and legal costs
    • Expertise in franchising compliance and documentation
    • Exceptional attention to detail, organisational skills and time management
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Approachable attitude and disposition
    • Strong team work ethos
    • An ability to work autonomously
    Advance your career in the largest and longest standing Real Estate Brand in New Zealand and be a part of a rich history and strong team culture.

    Please Quote Reference Number 80764

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