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Legal Opportunities in New Zealand for UK-based Lawyers

Listed: July 22, 2019

Are you a lawyer who is interested in moving to beautiful New Zealand, or an NZ lawyer thinking about returning home? If so, we'd love to talk to you!

We're one of New Zealand's largest law firms, with over 300 people across offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

 

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Welcoming any expressions of interest!

Listed: January 01, 2019

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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Junior/Intermediate Construction Solicitor - Auckland

Listed: June 01, 2019

We are looking for a junior or intermediate construction solicitor to join our ‘front end’ construction law team. This is a rare opportunity to be involved in New Zealand's most significant construction and infrastructure projects, across all sectors including commercial building, PPPs, roading, transport, mining, waste, water, energy, oil and gas and telecommunications.  
 
Work ranges from front end to back end including

  • procurement,
  • contract structuring and drafting,
  • dispute resolution/ADR, and
  • Health & Safety.

We are looking for motivated solicitors with 2-7 years’ quality construction experience from a reputable firm, great communication skills and a commitment to excellent client service. In particular you’ll have good experience in the drafting of construction contracts. However, if you have quality commercial contract experience and a keen interest in moving into construction, this role could still be right for you.
 
You’ll get plenty of top quality work, and will be working in a cohesive, collegial team, exhibited by the team's extraordinarily high staff retention rates.
 
Simpson Grierson supports progression and promises a collaborative and innovative environment of excellence. As a firm proud of its diverse and inclusive culture, Simpson Grierson is a market leader and an employer of choice - we were voted large firm Employer of Choice at the NZ Law Awards in 2018. We would love to hear from you to discuss if you are the right person to join our team.

Location: Auckland

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Junior/Intermediate Litigator - Construction team - Auckland

Listed: June 01, 2019

We have a fantastic opportunity for a junior or intermediate lawyer to join our highly respected construction litigation team. We handle a wide range of work including resolving construction disputes via mediation, arbitration, adjudication, litigation and negotiation, and the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, for clients such as developers, government entities, principals, infrastructure providers, consultants and contractors. 

We are looking for a motivated lawyer with anywhere from 2-7 years’ quality experience from a reputable firm, ideally in construction dispute resolution. However, if you have quality dispute resolution experience and a keen interest in moving into construction, this role could still be right for you. You’ll have great communication skills and a commitment to excellent client service. You will get plenty of top quality work, and will be working in a cohesive, collegial team, with fantastic mentoring on offer from the Partners and Senior Associates. With the team’s collaborative working style you’ll be learning from leaders in the construction field. You’ll also get the opportunity to gain mentoring skills of your own, providing support to more junior solicitors within this high performing 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. 

Location: Auckland

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Junior/Intermediate Resource Management Solicitor

Listed: June 01, 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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Intermediate/Senior Commercial Property Lawyer - Wellington

Listed: June 01, 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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Commercial/Technology Solicitor

Listed: June 01, 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: June 01, 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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Senior Employment Solicitor - Wellington

Listed: June 01, 2019

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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Senior Commercial/Corporate Solicitors

Listed: June 01, 2019

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: June 01, 2019

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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Senior Public Litigation Solicitor - Wellington

Listed: June 25, 2019

We have an exciting opportunity to join our leading public law and litigation practice. This busy team is undergoing rapid growth and has a number of significant public law matters in the pipeline.   
  
The team are problem solvers and enjoy helping our clients identify and navigate their public and administrative law obligations. They advise on a wide range of public law matters - decision making, regulatory and statutory compliance, policy development and law reform. The team participates in the full range of dispute resolution options and appear in Courts and in specialist tribunals and inquires.  

In this role you'll work directly with Sally McKechnie, Partner. They work with high profile clients including international businesses, universities, non-for profits, Crown entities and central government.  There is plenty of work to go around and you’ll work collaboratively with the other team members, including mentoring juniors, and with other teams in the firm.

Ideally you will have 5-10 years' PQE with experience in or exposure to public and administrative law matters and litigation, gained at a respected top tier or boutique firm, or potentially in-house. You'll be confident, pragmatic and enthusiastic. We need someone smart, switched on, and motivated, who can work independently and who also enjoys working with others.  
  
It is a family friendly team. Part-time hours and/or flexible work is a real possibility for this role, and will be actively considered. 

 

Location: Wellington

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Intermediate Commercial/Corporate Solicitor – Auckland

Listed: July 03, 2019

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

This role involves assisting our respected business clients with a wide range of commercial matters, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring, shareholdings, financing, franchises, capital raising and financial services regulation. Work ranges from large infrastructure and technology projects, to communications issues, venture capital initiatives and general contractual matters . Clients range from significant offshore clients to large multinationals to innovative start-up and technology companies, so the work is really interesting and varied.

We're looking for an experienced commercial/corporate solicitor with from 3-7 years’ PQE, who is a confident self-starter, and has strong M & A experience. 
  
You’ll have excellent base skills from a reputable firm, and great communication, written and analytical skills.  
  
You’ll have access to outstanding work, and the opportunity to manage files semi-autonomously, with the support and benefit of working as part of an experienced team of specialists.  You will receive great mentoring and will have the chance to deal with clients, network and build your own profile.

Location: Auckland

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Intermediate Employment Solicitor – Auckland

Listed: July 03, 2019

Simpson Grierson's highly regarded Employment team is known as a leader in its field.

Our busy Auckland team is looking for an intermediate lawyer (3-6 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.  Our longstanding clients are national and international major corporations, local government and government departments.
 
In this role you will have:
 
• Interesting, first rate work
• Opportunities to appear in the Authority and Court and to attend mediations  
• The chance to work closely with the partners and senior lawyers in this highly collegial team, which is truly national, also working closely with our team in Wellington  
• Client contact and the opportunity to build strong client relationships
• Outstanding professional and career development opportunities

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

Location: Auckland

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Senior Construction Litigator – Auckland

Listed: July 03, 2019

We have a great opportunity for a senior lawyer to join New Zealand's leading construction law firm.

Our highly respected construction litigation team handles a wide range of work including resolving construction disputes via mediation, arbitration, adjudication, litigation and negotiation, and the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, for clients such as developers, government entities, principals, infrastructure providers, consultants and contractors.

We have a genuine vacancy at Senior Associate level and are looking for a motivated lawyer with anywhere from 7+ years' quality experience from a reputable firm, in construction dispute resolution.  Experience in leaky building litigation would also be desirable.

You'll have great communication skills and a commitment to excellent client service.  You will get plenty of top quality work, and will be working in a cohesive, collegial team. With the team's collaborative working style you'll be working closely with leaders in the construction field and will help provide support and mentoring to the junior solicitors within this high performing and supportive team.

Location: Auckland

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Business Professional Roles

Legal Administrators – Auckland

Listed: July 03, 2019

We currently have opportunities in our corporate/commercial, construction and IP teams. You'll have proven experience of providing a high level of support to fee earners, including:

  • Outstanding organisational skills;
  • A high degree of accuracy and attention to details;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with the team.

We are looking for experienced Administrators who are energetic, focused, have high standards and are the kind of people who thrive on customer service and getting the job done. 

Your 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 these roles 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, as well as the opportunity to enjoy all the learning, wellness and social activities of our fun and supportive workplace.

Location: Auckland

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