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Working for Baywide guarantees continual challenges, community involvement and the warm satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something really worthwhile.  Become part of the community law community – the largest, least expensive law firm in the country – alongside others dedicated to meeting the legal needs of those who can’t afford a lawyer.

Supervising Solicitor

Baywide Community Law Service
Tauranga and Whakatane
Part time (30 hours/week) permanent or less hours by mutual agreement

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  • Leader of a lively legal team
  • Community focus in vibrant localities
  • Daily challenges and rewarding work

Baywide is a community law service that takes pride in providing free legal advice and assistance across the coastal Bay of Plenty from Te Kaha to Waihi.  Our Supervising Solicitor will have a strong understanding of the work we do and the people we help.  We are dedicated to respecting and understanding the needs of those who live on low incomes, in small communities, and within diverse cultures. The role also involves managing, directing and developing a legal team of in-house lawyers as well as volunteers. Designing and delivering legal education programmes is an important aspect of the job. Broad-based experience in criminal, family, and civil law is required.

So is a qualification that meets our supervision requirements – essentially, being competent to practise on one’s own account –  and a valid driver’s licence.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Send your application and supporting information to or contact Operations Manager Jo Morgan on 0273273356 for more information.


About Our Organisation

Charitable Trust Baywide Community Law Service (Baywide) was established to provide FREE access to legal information, advice, assistance and education for residents throughout the Bay of Plenty who due to their personal or financial circumstances (including disability) cannot otherwise access such services. Baywide has been helping the community of the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty with free legal help for the last decade. From humble beginnings in temporary spaces at the Tauranga and Whakatane Citizens Advice Bureaus, Baywide now has fully staffed offices in both towns and offers several outreach clinic facilities. We celebrated our 10th anniversary of community law in the Bay of Plenty in 2015. Each year, we help approximately 4000 people with their ‘unmet legal needs.’ This equates to a significant number of hours of legal assistance, advice and representation, funded largely by the Ministry of Justice. The shortfall in funding is raised through the support of various trusts and foundations and corporate sponsorship.

The Role

We are looking for a new Receptionist to work in this job-share position Wednesday to Friday in our Whakatane office. From time to time you may be required to cover other admin team members due to sickness/planned leave. You will primarily be responsible for managing the front desk area including answering the phone, meeting and greeting clients, booking appointments, data entry, filing and all other important responsibilities associated with this key front- line role.

Some legal office experience would be an advantage but not essential. The role could suit a legal executive/law student. You will work closely in a small and dedicated team to provide exceptional customer service and support. All interaction with staff, clients and external parties is of a professional standard. Due to the nature of this role, you will be privy to things of a confidential nature therefore the role requires a high level of confidentiality. As well as ensuring the office is kept tidy and well supplied, you may also be providing administration support to the Operations Manager as required.

Attitude is everything here – you will be flexible, collaborative, flexible and open, and easy to interact with. You will have great attention to detail and use initiative. You will have great personal presentation- dress code is professional and appropriate at all times.

Skills and experience

You will have the following:

  • Reception/administration experience
  • Exceptional customer service
  • A can-do attitude and a pleasant helpful manner.
  • A genuine empathy for people.
  • You care about your community.
  • Excellent language skills, with accurate spelling and grammar.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Competency with Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • New Zealand Residency and/or citizenship.

Please send a cover letter and a copy of your current CV to by 1st May 2018.