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Reviewing Lawyers Trust Accounts (Inspector)
23/10/2017
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West Coast West Coast New Zealand
Full Time
New Zealand Law Society

Varied and stimulating role, Professional environment ? working as part of a National team, Regular central/lower North Island (& some potential Sth Island) travel required.

? Professional Standards ? Financial Assurance ?

 

The New Zealand Law Society is responsible for the regulation of the legal profession.  Inspectors visit law firms that operate trust accounts to ensure compliance with the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 and accompanying rules and regulations using a modern risk based approach. 

This is an interesting, varied and challenging role which includes:

  • Encouraging proper practice in the handling of money entrusted to lawyers
  • Reviewing trust accounts and trust accounting systems in accordance with the financial assurance scheme
  • Seeking to detect theft or other behaviour likely to result in loss of client money
  • Conducting investigations into the affairs of lawyers and law firms
  • Assisting in the education of lawyers about trust accounting matters.

The Law Society is seeking an Inspector to cover the Wellington region, up to Whanganui and across to Napier. This is a senior position, based in the Wellington office.   The successful applicant will be required to work autonomously.

This position may suit a lawyer or a chartered accountant who has an interest in trust accounting and is seeking to combine variety with independence.  The following experience and skills would assist:

  • Investigation experience from accounting, gaming, charities, legal, Police, Serious Fraud Office, IRD or similar background
  • An ability to understand legislation
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake a variety of work
  • A high standard of written and oral communication skills is essential.  Written skills must include the ability to produce concise well-structured and well-reasoned material
  • Team player with the ability to work independently
  • A high standard of computer literacy and ability
  • The ability to plan and structure workload
  • Good judgement, discretion and analytical skills
  • Willingness to travel and work nationally.

Applications close: 5pm on Friday, 27 October 2017

 


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