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Legal Professional Roles

Commercial/Technology Solicitor

Listed: March 13, 2019

We are looking for an experienced commercial solicitor to join our busy, leading Technology team, in the Auckland office. Whether you're relocating or looking for a new opportunity, this could be the role that enables you to develop your career. 
  
We are looking for a lawyer with at least 3 years' experience in commercial law.  Experience in Technology, M & A, business structuring, utilities or regulatory would be an advantage.  You'll have excellent communication, written and analytical skills, and will be self-managing and efficient with a strong work ethic.
 
The role offers fantastic quality work, and the opportunity to build solid client relationships with a variety of corporate clients.  You'll be able to build your expertise in Technology, with the support of a team of specialists. 
 
Simpson Grierson has a very positive and inclusive culture. You will be well supported in your own professional and business development with plenty of learning and development opportunities on offer.

Location: Auckland

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Intermediate/Senior Competition Lawyer

Listed: March 13, 2019

Our Auckland office has an opportunity for a solicitor with 4-8 years' experience to join our leading competition team.

Working with two partners who are market-leading senior competition practitioners, this opportunity would suit a Senior Solicitor or someone just at Senior Associate level who is looking for the chance to gain excellent experience, develop their skills and step up a notch.
  
The team's work is primarily competition and regulatory and includes:  

  • assisting our clients with NZCC and FMA investigations (Commerce Act, FTA, CCCFA, FMCA);
  • acting for clients in Court proceedings brought by the NZCC and FMA;
  • providing competition advice on acquisitions, including seeking and obtaining clearances from the NZCC;
  • providing general competition/FTA/securities advice to our corporate clients;
  • assisting clients with leniency or co-operation applications;
  • providing training to clients on these issues.  

The team also undertakes general commercial litigation, ranging from advice on contractual disputes to directors' duties etc.
  
This team is close-knit and the partners work closely with team members at all levels.  There are however excellent opportunities for you to manage and mentor junior staff in this role. 
  
You will preferably be an experienced litigator with competition experience.  While this role could suit someone with a more general litigation background, you would need to have a genuine interest in competition law.  FTA, CCCFA or FMCA experience would be advantageous.  This role could also suit someone who has primarily M & A competition experience but wants to take their career in a litigation / investigation direction as well. 
  
We are looking for a careful, thorough, intelligent person who enjoys intellectual challenge - in this role you have to be sure you are giving clients excellent advice.  You will also enjoy having autonomy and responsibility for your work.

Location: Auckland

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Intermediate Banking Solicitor - Auckland

Listed: February 21, 2019

Our Auckland banking team currently has an opportunity for an intermediate solicitor to join it’s team. 

We are looking for someone with 3+ years’ PQE.

You will want to build a career in banking and finance
We are looking for lawyers with experience in BANKING, CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL and/or PROPERTY with an interest in transactional banking, excellent COMMUNICATION, written and analytical skills.  You will be self-managing and efficient, and able to work within a high performance environment.  
  
You'll have autonomy with team support
If you are looking for an opportunity to manage and work semi-autonomously on files, be in direct contact with clients, but also have the support and benefit of working as part of an experienced team of specialists and closely with the team's partners, then we would like to hear from you. 
  
You'll enjoy access to outstanding work in a firm with a great culture
You will have access to excellent work in this top tier practice.  Simpson Grierson's banking clients include banks, major financial institutions, major corporates and key participants in the financial services sector.    The work is interesting and the environment fun and engaging. You will also work with our corporate and property teams. 

Location: Auckland

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Employment Solicitor - Wellington

Listed: December 21, 2018

Our highly regarded Employment practice is known as a leader in the field.  Our Wellington team is looking for an experienced, Senior Associate level employment lawyer, (7+ years’ PQE) who can advise clients on all aspects of employment law including: corporate restructures and acquisitions, personal grievances, employment agreements and policies, health and safety, human rights, privacy, accident compensation, collective bargaining, disciplinary and performance management processes, change management and union matters.

Advising national and international major corporations, local government and government departments, this role will deliver first rate work and outstanding progression opportunities.

The ideal lawyer will have excellent employment law experience, a quick brain and great communication skills.

This role could be part-time and/or remote,  so is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to combine their career with other interests or obligations. You will also have the outstanding professional and career development opportunities that Simpson Grierson offers.

Location: Wellington

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Junior Litigation Solicitor

Listed: December 14, 2018

Our Auckland office currently has a rare and exciting opportunity for a litigation solicitor with 1-2 years' PQE to join our commercial litigation and competition team.

The role offers high quality varied work, assisting the team with a variety of commercial litigation including competition and regulatory work, for clients involved in NZCC and FMA investigations and court proceedings, providing competition advice on acquisitions and providing general competition/FTA/securities advice to our corporate clients.
  
In this role you’ll have mentoring and support from an inclusive, collaborative team of true specialists. You will get to work closely with the partners, who are market leaders in this area.
  
You’ll bring fantastic communication skills, both written and verbal, and will have an analytical, thorough approach to your work with excellent attention to detail.  If you have good, solid litigation experience,  and an interest in developing expertise in competition litigation, this is a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.

 

Location: Auckland

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Senior Commercial/Corporate Solicitors

Listed: November 12, 2018

Our busy, dynamic commercial/corporate team is enjoying ongoing and exciting growth, leading to this exceptional opportunity for talented lawyers to join a supportive, solid and integrated team working on high profile, market-leading work.
  
We are looking for motivated, diligent lawyers with broad commercial/corporate skills, to work with our partners across the whole Commercial department, and enjoy the benefits of collaborating with some of the sharpest legal minds around.   You’ll have anywhere from 5+ years’ relevant experience, which might include commercial contracting, company, JVs, M & A, business restructuring, capital markets, regulatory work etc – whatever your experience, if this opportunity to fast track your career interests you we’d love to talk to you. 
  
There is lots of fantastic quality work and plenty of variety and autonomy on offer and you’ll have the opportunity to develop an enviable practice and profile. This is a key senior role which comes with genuine career progression prospects.
  
You’ll be positive, with a strong work ethic, and a confident negotiator with superb drafting skills.  You’ll have the opportunity to become a trusted advisor to our excellent client base, and will also successfully build relationships with the great people in the team and be an effective mentor, supervisor and delegator.  In this role you’ll have the chance to develop your leadership skills and experience.  You’ll be well supported in your own professional and business development with plenty of learning and development opportunities on offer.
 

Location: Auckland/Wellington

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Intermediate/Senior Litigator

Listed: September 24, 2018

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor with 5+ years' PQE to join the litigation side of our banking and finance practice.

This role offers fantastic quality work with loads of variety, working for leading banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates both domestic and off-shore, and the opportunity to work collaboratively with other teams in the firm.

In this role you’ll have mentoring and support from an inclusive, collaborative team of true specialists. You will get to work closely with the partners, and will manage and mentor juniors.  You’ll also have the  opportunity to manage and work autonomously on files, gain court time and build solid relationships with clients.

You’ll bring fantastic communication skills, both written and verbal, and will have an analytical, thorough approach to your work with excellent attention to detail.  Experience in insolvency litigation is desirable but not necessary.  If you have good, solid litigation experience,  and an interest in developing expertise in banking & finance litigation, this is a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.

Location: Auckland

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Welcoming any expressions of interest!

Listed: January 30, 2017

If you'd like to work for New Zealand's largest top-tier law firm, we'd love to hear from you!

Even though we may not have a vacancy that exactly describes what you're looking for, we always have our eyes on the horizon.

If you're interested in creating your future at the largest top-tier firm in NZ, please register your interest by sending us your cover letter, CV and transcript.

We are also interested in hearing from people looking for fixed term opportunities or contract work.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Pro Bono Practice Leader

Listed: April 05, 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented senior lawyer to lead our expanding national pro bono practice.

This is an influential and high profile role, where you’ll be the primary point of contact for our staff and the wider community on all aspects of our pro bono work.

We’re looking for someone who can build strong relationships internally and externally, and who will be a champion and spokesperson, increasing the positive impact of our pro bono work in the community. 

About you

The right person will:

  • be at Senior Associate level, with at least 6 years’ PQE;
  • have large law firm experience;
  • have experience coordinating or managing a pro bono practice or solid experience with a similar focus;
  • be strategic and have both the passion and vision to put in place a clear plan to develop the practice;
  • have strong prior experience in supervision and support of junior lawyers;
  • be an outstanding communicator, with a strong work ethic and excellent project management skills.

About the role

In this role you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference, driving all aspects of the practice, including:

  • setting strategies, objectives and targets;
  • training lawyers and supervising caseload;
  • screening and assessing cases;
  • developing projects and referral relationships;
  • marketing and publicity;
  • undertaking pro bono work; and
  • risk management and reporting.

The role is ideally based in Auckland, but we could consider flexible location for the right person.

About us

One of New Zealand’s leading national law firms, we have over 300 team members across offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
We’re proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, and our reputation for putting people first in everything we do. We recently won  large law firm employer of choice 2018 at the New Zealand Law Awards, and offer state of the art resources and training,  great professional development, and smart business casual dress every day.

We actively promote flexibility in our workplace, so please talk to us about what you might need to make this role work for you - it could be less than full-time for the right person.

Location: Auckland

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Intermediate/Senior Commercial Property Lawyer - Wellington

Listed: April 05, 2019

Our commercial property work in Wellington is expanding, and we have a fantastic opportunity for an intermediate or senior property specialist to join us, with anywhere from 5+ years’ PQE.

The work is broad, and includes property development, leasing, subdivisions, acquisitions and disposals of commercial property, for our private and public sector clients. While there is a transactional element to the role, we are looking for someone who also has excellent research and opinion-writing skills.  You might have a law firm or in-house background, and as this role has a strong local or central government bent to it, prior involvement with local or central government work would be ideal.

You’ll be bright, motivated and switched on, and be able to handle high volume work autonomously. You will be a team player, keen to mentor and actively support and develop junior solicitors within this high performing, friendly and supportive team. 

This opportunity would suit those looking to further their careers with access to excellent work, someone who wants to add big firm experience to their CV or is returning from their travels. This is a real opportunity to help with the continued growth of this side of our infrastructure practice. 

Location: Wellington

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Junior/Intermediate Resource Management Solicitor

Listed: April 23, 2019

We are home to New Zealand's largest environmental planning and resource management team. We have an exciting opportunity to join the team of experts in our Auckland office, and be involved in many of the country's leading resource management cases and most significant projects.

We are looking for a junior/intermediate solicitor, with  2-4 years' experience in resource management, environmental, public law and local government law. Working for local authorities, public bodies, developers and corporates, this role will allow you to get involved in large high profile infrastructure projects, strategic planning and policy and RMA/policy/local government litigation.

Ideally you’ll have some RM experience, but if you have strong academics, some useful experience and a keen interest in moving into this area, you could still be right for this role and we’d like to hear from you.

This role offers  high profile and interesting work,  with plenty of support from a cohesive, friendly team and three partners who are experts in their field. This high-performing team is part of a national team with offices in Wellington and Christchurch, which works collaboratively and has a great culture.

Location: Auckland

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Property Solicitor - 4-6 years’ PQE

Listed: April 23, 2019

We have the largest infrastructure group in New Zealand. True specialists, this team covers the full spectrum of property and infrastructure activities.

Supporting four exceptional partners, this role will expose you to land acquisitions (for property development, forestry projects or large infrastructure projects), local government property work and property due diligence on many significant corporate transactions.

Advising large commercial clients across the building, transport, local government, forestry and energy sectors, we are seeking a bright and motivated lawyer with 4-6 years’  broad commercial property experience, which might include:         

  • conveyancing;
  • sale and purchase agreements;
  • leasing;
  • subdivisions;
  • unit titles;
  • forestry / agri-business;
  • knowledge of Public Works Act;
  • aged-care / retirement villages;
  • Overseas Investment Act applications; and
  • due diligence on the property aspects of large commercial M&A and overseas investment deals.

You will be a team player, keen to mentor and actively support and develop junior solicitors within this high performing, friendly and supportive team.

This opportunity would suit those looking to further their careers with access to excellent work and training programmes, someone who wants to add big firm experience to their CV or is returning from their travels.

Location: Auckland

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Business Professional Roles

Recruitment Advisor

Listed: March 07, 2019

We have a fantastic opportunity for a recruitment advisor to become part of our People & Culture whānau here at Simpson Grierson.

Our firm
Simpson Grierson is one of New Zealand’s leading large law firms, with offices in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch. We won the Large Firm Employer of Choice award at the 2018 Law Awards, have won a range of awards for our focus on diversity & inclusion and we are proud of our inclusive and innovative culture together with our commitment to put our people first.

Our team
Our People & Culture team is at the forefront of Simpson Grierson’s award-winning and future-focussed initiatives and culture. We are a high-functioning, close-knit team of experienced professionals, and we love the work we do. We work collaboratively, support each other and have fun together. We are super proud of the difference we make here every day.

The role
Reporting to our wonderful Recruitment Manager, and working with others across the team and firm, this role involves assisting with all aspects of the recruitment process, including taking briefs, creating advertising content including short videos, screening CVs and candidates, database management, setting up interviews, reference checking and coordinating offers and agreements, for all our positions. Once you have got the hang of our systems and procedures, you will play a key role in sourcing candidates for our legal support and Business Services roles as well as offering significant support to the recruitment of legal roles together with our Recruitment Manager.  You’ll also be fully involved in our innovative team-wide People & Culture projects – and we have ambitious goals for this year!

You
Ideally you will be currently working at recruitment advisory level, enabling you to bring recent experience of working innovatively and with different technologies in the recruitment field. You’ll be savvy with short video production and online tools and keen to bring your ideas and expertise to help us revamp our recruitment processes. You’ll ideally have a minimum of 2+ years’ experience under your belt from a professional services environment or for an agency with a professional services focus. You’ll be switched on and really keen to expand your knowledge around People & Culture, taking advantage of our fabulous learning and development opportunities. You’ll have excellent communication skills and a friendly, collaborative approach.
Please note that this is a full time position but we also embrace flexible working practices.
  
Applications close 31 March 2019.

 

Location: Auckland

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Part-time Legal Administrator

Listed: January 30, 2019

We have a rare opportunity for an experienced Legal Administrator to join us in a part-time role.

We are looking for an outstanding Legal Administrator,  ideally with experience in commercial property, to join our Auckland team, working Thursday and Friday each week in a job-share arrangement.

You'll be energetic, focused, have high standards and be the kind of person who thrives on customer service.  You’ll have fantastic organisational skills, a high level of accuracy and a can-do attitude. 
  
A typical day includes:

  • file management (electronic and hard copy);
  • diary management and organisation of authors;
  • document production, dictaphone typing, drafting basic letters;
  • meeting and travel arrangements; 
  • maintaining our client relationship database; and
  • conducting the month billing cycle.

Prior property experience, including exposure to Landonline and standard property forms, would be preferred.  This role might also suit someone with Legal Executive experience looking for something different.

We believe you will love working in this role - you get a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day and you will be able to draw on your experience so you can provide support across all aspects of property work.  The team are all really nice - fun, supportive and collaborative -  and we will ensure you are provided with the systems you need to perform at your best.

Location: Auckland

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Legal Administrator

Listed: December 06, 2018

If you are a talented, experienced Legal Administrator, who wants to love the place you work, we need to talk.  We have a permanent role with our fabulous Commercial Property team.

You’ll have proven experience of providing a high level of support to fee earners, including:

  • Outstanding organisational skills;
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail; 
  • A can-do attitude and willingness to go above and beyond;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Accurate typing skills with a speed of 60+ wpm; and
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritise, work independently and also work as part of the team. 

We are looking for someone who is energetic, focused, has high standards and is the kind of person who thrives on customer service and getting the job done. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • file management (electronic and hard copy);
  • diary management and organisation of authors;
  • document production, dictaphone typing, drafting basic letters;
  • meeting and travel arrangements;
  • maintaining our client relationship database; and
  • conducting the monthly billing cycle.

In this role you'll be working on intellectually stimulating, high profile matters, with the systems and support of a large national law firm, together with the support of the wider Legal Administrator group.  You'll have the tools, training, guidance and support to excel. 

 

Location: Auckland

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