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Legal Professional Roles

Corporate Solicitor – 3-5 years’ PQE

Listed: February 11, 2019

We are looking for an experienced corporate solicitor to join our busy, dynamic, corporate/commercial team. 

You will be keen to advance your career in corporate law
We are looking for a lawyer with excellent base skills from a reputable firm, in corporate, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, contracts etc, and excellent communication, written and analytical skills.  You will be driven, self-managing and efficient, and able to turn work around quickly within a high performance environment.

You'll have autonomy with good support
If you are looking for an opportunity to manage and work semi-autonomously on files, but also have the support and benefit of working as part of an experienced team of specialists and closely with the team's partner, then this role is right for 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.  Clients range from large multinationals to smaller corporate clients, and you will be exposed to major, complex deals.  You will also have the outstanding professional and career development opportunities that Simpson Grierson offers, at your disposal. 

 

Location: Auckland

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Year 2-3 Solicitor – Public law and Government (Litigation)

Listed: February 11, 2019

Our Wellington office has an exciting opportunity for a year 2-3 PQE solicitor to join the Public and Government team, which is part of the litigation group.

The team is led by Sally McKechnie and is a tight-knit group, who work closely together.  Due to the size of the team, you will get the benefits of working in a top tier, full service law firm, while also having the hands-on involvement offered in a smaller team.  You will be exposed to a wide range of work, have frequent opportunities to attend client meetings, and gain in-depth experience working on matters directly with Sally.

The Public Law and Government team focuses on problem-solving and giving pragmatic advice. The team's clients include universities, large commercial entities, religious institutions, telecommunications companies, Crown entities and other public and private organisations.  As part of the litigation practice at the firm, you will also advise clients on a range of dispute resolution processes. Current projects in the team include advising religious organisations in the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care and Faith-based Institutions, the Victoria University of Wellington name change, medical sector litigation, a commercial arbitration, and advising on a range of law reform and statutory compliance issues. 

Ideally you will have 2-3 years' PQE.  We are looking for someone smart and switched on, with strong communication skills and attention to detail.

In this role you'll receive mentoring and support from an inclusive, collaborative team alongside the outstanding professional development Simpson Grierson offers. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including gym subsidies, assistance with health insurance, and an active social club.  The firm won Large Law Firm Employer of Choice Award at the 2018 NZ Law Awards, and we are proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, the importance we place on work-life balance, and putting people first in everything we do. 

Location: Wellington

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Intermediate/Senior Commercial Property lawyer

Listed: January 30, 2019

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

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. The work stretches from the transactional through to opinion work. You might have a law firm or in-house background, and prior exposure to local or central government work would be an advantage.

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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Senior 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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Intermediate/Senior Competition Lawyer

Listed: December 14, 2018

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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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 Litigator

Listed: September 24, 2018

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor with 3-6 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, including acting as junior on significant trials.  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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Intermediate Litigation Solicitor

Listed: June 13, 2018

Simpson Grierson is home to one of the country's leading dispute resolution practices.

Representing the firm's significant corporate and public sector clients, the Wellington team's practice includes company, contract and commercial property disputes, insurance disputes, professional negligence, judicial review and other public law proceedings, energy and resource litigation and securities enforcement and insolvency. 

We are looking for a lawyer with 4-6 years' PQE and impressive grades who has worked either in a large commercial law firm or a specialist litigation practice.  You might be a general commercial litigator, or you might have specialist experience in any of the areas above.  In this role, you'll be working for a firm that takes a modern and commercial approach to dispute resolution and builds national teams with the 'people power' to deliver exceptional outcomes.  This team is in a growth phase and there will be plenty of opportunity to help build the practice.
 
This role offers high profile work, responsibility for delivering results and great client contact, with the opportunity to develop your skills in helping to manage junior staff.  You'll also have access to excellent training and support.   

Location: Wellington

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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.

Location:

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Banking Solicitors x 2

Listed: February 21, 2019

Our Auckland banking team currently has an opportunity for 2 solicitors to join its team. 
  
We are looking for a junior solicitor with 1-3 years’ PQE and an intermediate solicitor 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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Business Professional Roles

CRM and Marketing Administrator

Listed: February 01, 2019

We have a fantastic opportunity for a proficient and enthusiastic Administrator to join our Marketing Team. 
  
Reporting to the Marketing and Business Development Manager, this role’s responsibilities include:

  • Managing the firm’s CRM database (using LexisNexis Interaction), including training, extracting, collating, and interpreting market and client-related information;
  • Providing events support;
  • E-marketing (using Vuture) including newsletters and invitations;
  • Supporting the Business Transformation and Innovation team on key projects;
  • Assisting the Business Development team with marketing collateral using Microsoft Office products and InDesign;
  • Assisting with the production of key reports;
  • Assisting with the development of proposal documents; and
  • Providing administrative and project support across the wider Marketing team.  

You will have some demonstrable, solid administrative experience, and proficiency with basic technology.  Experience with Microsoft Office is essential and experience with InDesign would be an advantage.   The most important thing you will bring to this role is your willing and positive attitude. In return you will enjoy a varied role and the opportunity to apply your skills across a variety of activity which directly impacts the success of the firm. We are looking for someone who:    

  • Is a positive, can-do person;
  • Has excellent attention to detail;
  • Has strong project and time management skills;
  • Is switched on and keen to learn; and
  • Has fantastic communication skills.  

The role is full-time.  The Marketing team, including Business Transformation and Innovation, is a diverse, fun, team, who enjoy working together and supporting each other.  Simpson Grierson strives to provide a collaborative and innovative environment of excellence. We are proud of our diverse and inclusive culture and our reputation for putting people first in everything we do, and offer state of the art resources, flexible work options and smart business casual dress. 

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 – 12 month Fixed Term Contract

Listed: January 25, 2019

Us

We were recently the winner of the Employer of choice (large law firm) award at the NZ Law Awards.  We can offer you state of the art resources, flexibility, diversity and even smart business casual dress every day. 

Our booming Christchurch office is located in the West End.  We are looking for an outstanding experienced Legal Administrator for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract, covering parental leave and ideally starting April/May 2019.  Our team of lawyers specialise in corporate/commercial, banking & finance, resource management/environmental, construction, local government and litigation.

You

As a highly experienced secretary, you'll have strong interpersonal skills  and will value building a strong rapport with your authors. Exceptional organisational skills, self-motivation, confidence in your ability, and a proven track record of supporting a team will be essential to be considered for our role.  You need to have a can-do attitude and a proactive approach to work.

The role

You'll be providing support to a cohesive, supportive team of partners and authors who are wonderful to work with. Duties will include:

  • Typing and preparing various documents and correspondence;
  • Diary and email management;
  • Travel and event coordination;
  • End of month billing and reporting;
  • Opening and closing files;
  • Assisting with marketing initiatives;
  • General administration, file maintenance and more. 

Reasons to join us:

  • State of the art training, induction and resources;
  • Innovative initiatives and programmes;
  • Regular social and sporting events;
  • Gym or fitness reimbursement;
  • Professional development;
  • An amazing firm culture.

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 3 roles in our Auckland office: 2 roles with our Banking & Finance team (one permanent – transactional, and one Fixed Term Contract – litigation), and one permanent role with our 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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