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.