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Senior Technology Lawyer

Location: Auckland

Job Description

About Russell McVeagh
Russell McVeagh is New Zealand's premier law firm committed to operating at the cutting edge of legal practice. Our award-winning team of lawyers across Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau and Wellington | Te Whanganui-a-Tara are internationally recognised for their thought leadership, depth of experience and ability to translate complex legal issues into client success stories.
We work on New Zealand's most significant and highly complex transactions, many of which have cross-border considerations. This includes transactions for major corporates, Government projects of national significance, and key infrastructure projects to help shape New Zealand.
Our values of Respect | Manaaki, Curiosity | Māhirahira, Excellence | Whai hiranga and Tenacity | Whakapau kaha reflect who we are and how we work together.
Our Technology and Digital Team is an energetic group of technology specialists who are passionate about working at the cutting edge of change. Led by award-winning Partner, Liz Blythe,  this dynamic and experienced team routinely advises on New Zealand's most significant and complex technology transactions, as well as supporting some of the world's largest tech and digital companies in relation to their New Zealand ventures. 
They support clients through ransomware attacks, advise on high-profile cross-industry initiatives to reduce cybercrime, assist clients to develop and implement exciting new biometric, AI and blockchain-based tools, support clients to execute complex multi-jurisdictional IT transformations and consult on business-critical IT disputes - no two days in this team are the same!
Check out the team's most recent Digital Download and hear more about the exciting and diverse range of work that this team undertakes.
About the role
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic lawyer with strong private practice experience and 5 + years PQE to join our Auckland based team.
Our team offers you the opportunity to get involved in cutting edge technology transactions and work closely with some of the world's most well-known technology companies, leading New Zealand financial services and energy institutions and suppliers and consumers of technology platforms and services across a wide range of industries. This work spans traditional IT, telecommunications and digital platforms, privacy and cybersecurity advisory, as well as emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and blockchain-powered solutions.
This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a uniquely close-knit team with a supportive and energetic culture, committed to developing your career.
If you are a lawyer with strong technology or general commercial experience in private practice, we would love to hear from you.
About you
We're looking for:

  • 5 + years' PQE
  • Private practice experience in a top tier environment
  • Legal experience in the following areas:
    • Technology procurement, supply, manufacturing, commercialisation and distribution
    • Digital Platforms and e-commerce arrangements
    • Outsourcing arrangements
    • Intellectual property, privacy and data protection law
    • Sale and purchase of technology assets / companies in the technology sector
    • Commercial negotiation and drafting
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills
  • A team player who is professional, vibrant and engaged with high levels of initiative and ambition
  • A creative thinker who strives for excellence in all that they do

How to apply
To apply, please submit your CV and academic transcript.
We believe in enabling a supportive and inclusive workplace for everyone.  Please click here for further information about Russell McVeagh's diversity and inclusion vision and commitment.

Our firm is invested in achieving transformational change and having a positive impact – our 2023 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Report captures our firm's progress on our commitment to helping to shape a sustainable and thriving Aotearoa New Zealand.  You can read our 2023 report, 'Our Contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand | Tō tatou ki Aotearoa' here.

For more information, or to have a confidential discussion about this position please email our Talent Manager, Sarah Carrel