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The Serious Fraud Office is a highly specialised government agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting  serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption. We take pride in the work we do to keep New Zealand safe, and we employ an excellent team to ensure we do just that.

We have CBD offices in Auckland and Wellington and, when fully resourced, the SFO employs 86 people - 90 percent of whom have a frontline role.   Roles include forensic accountants, investigators, lawyers, prevention advisers, business services, and investigation support specialists.

Maintaining a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture is important at the SFO. Appointments are based on merit and all employees have a responsibility to promote a work culture in which all people, whatever their gender, ethnic or social background, sexual orientation or role – are valued and treated equitably and with respect.

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  • Investigating Lawyer - Secondment - Auckland - applications close 13 April

Investigating Lawyer - Secondment - Auckland

The SFO seeks an Investigating Lawyer to join our Commercial Bay, Auckland CBD team.  This is an inter-agency or legal firm secondment role through until the end of January 2022, covering a period of leave of the incumbent.  This role can be appointed at a Primary or Senior level, and can be worked full-time, or part-time across three or four days per week. 

In this role you will report to a Principal and will work in a multi-disciplinary team.  You will contribute to the investigation strategy of a case, undertake legal analysis, and provide legal opinions to the investigation team, participate in investigation task, including interviews and draft case reports. You will work productively with leading criminal prosecutors on the conduct of SFO prosecutions.  You will assist with the preparation of court documents and you may appear, as required, in Court on preliminary matters and support prosecution panel members at trial.

To be successful in this role you will have (or have the ability to hold) a Practicing Certificate. Previous experience in investigations and litigation of financial crime matters, including investment fraud, procurement fraud, large scale mortgage fraud, as well as bribery and corruption, is highly beneficial. You will be collaborative, have excellent research and analysis skills and an ability to quickly understand facts and complexities to form sound advice. 

At the SFO we value a ‘growth mindset’ and explore this attribute during our recruitment process and in our development discussions.  We believe possessing a growth mindset is a key contributor to success in the SFO environment.  We are a close knit, motivated team with a strong workplace culture. We recognise that diversity and inclusion is important to our work. We value the unique abilities and perspectives of our employees which allows us to continue to create a supportive environment that meets the needs of our people, our business, and the communities where we work.

If you wish to apply for this role, please send a PDF version of your CV and cover letter (attachments titled ‘First Name Last Name – CV or Cover Letter’) to  quoting reference HRC0004482 and ‘Investigating Lawyer – Secondment’ in the subject line.  If you would like further information, you are welcome to call Emma Reid – Recruiter with the SFO on 021 199 0985.

Position descriptions for the Primary and Senior roles are available to download below

To be considered for this role you must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for this position.  Applicants who do not meet these requirements cannot be considered.

Applications close 10am Tuesday 13 April 2021