Associate/Private Client Team
New Zealand Law Society
Wellington, New Zealand
3d ago

Full Service Law Firm

Norris Ward McKinnon is a well-established specialist firm located in the Hamilton CBD. We have an opportunity for an Associate to join our Private Client team in a leadership role.

The role

You will be working closely with the Partner and Senior Associate in the team, and with our experienced solicitors and legal executives.

You can read more about the team on our website

We’re looking for someone with significant experience in complex trust matters, for personal and business clients. The ideal person will be someone who enjoys the intersection and dynamics between Trust, Property, Estate, and Family law.

We need someone who is well versed in current trust legislation, including the changes that come into effect in January 2020.

An ability to work with clients to develop a comprehensive asset protection and succession plan is required.

As well as developing your own client base, you’ll be involved in the day-to-day supervision and mentoring of the team’s junior lawyers.

As part of the Private Client leadership team, you’ll have influence in the team’s strategies for marketing and business development.

As an Associate at NWM you’ll be part of a strong collegial team, and join the leadership development programme designed to progress our Associates through the firm.

If successful, you’ll be part of a cohesive, collaborative team where everyone’s input is valued and respected. We recognise and celebrate success.

We also recognise the importance of your commitments outside of the office. Flexible working arrangements are a part of our firm’s culture and we encourage you to plan how your lifestyle and work practices will fit together so you have the best of both worlds.

As a successful applicant you will ideally have :

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in a general or trust / commercial practice in New Zealand
  • A strong commitment to client service and building enduring client relationships
  • Proven business development skills and an affinity for networking
  • A collaborative approach where you enjoy working in a fast paced environment.
  • The ability to be a self-starter who can work independently. You will also need to be able to work well as part of a team
  • You will be able to adapt quickly in the face of changing circumstances and demonstrate resilience
  • Attention to detail coupled with an attitude of continually striving for excellence in everything that you do
  • A growth mind-set, where you show passion for continuous improvement in your practice of the law and client service
  • Benefits of working at Norris Ward McKinnon

    Robust team support :

  • Highly capable Personal Assistants with strong technology experience
  • Experienced junior lawyers with thorough research skills
  • Partners and senior lawyers who are accessible and actively involved in your supervision and mentoring
  • Collaborative firm environment :

  • Ability to bounce ideas off other people in a sociable, fun, and positive team environment
  • Within our full service firm you have access to commercial, corporate, property, tax, and family law experts from other specialist teams
  • Regular forums to connect with your peers; open-plan layout to support communication on files; and a very active social club
  • Resources

  • Access to ongoing CPD courses (over and above Law Society requirements)
  • Access to current legal resources and databases
  • We run modern Practice Management software, Infinitylaw, to help manage files
  • As a member of NZ Law, we have access to superb legal conferences and enjoy collegial relationships with member firms, enabling successful cross-referrals and support
  • Remote access to computer systems so that you can access email & client files from anywhere
  • Career development :

  • Strong supervision and mentoring from Partners and Senior Associates
  • Exposure to quality top tier clients who the team advises on a regular basis
  • Encouragement to build a strong network of internal and external key contacts to support your future legal practice
  • Clear career progression pathways which are raised up-front; you show us the talent, we’ll show you the opportunities
  • About Norris Ward McKinnon

    Norris Ward McKinnon was founded in 1919 by Car Norris and Joe Ward. Since then we have grown to be one of the pre-eminent legal practices in the Waikato.

    Our success is driven by a focus on excellence, placing our clients and their needs first, valuing our staff, and being dedicated to excellence within the legal sector.

    We have a strong team culture based on collaboration and growth for both the team and you as an individual. We are committed to providing a supportive, family-friendly environment.

    We recognise that our people are our greatest asset and our culture and systems reflect this attitude.

    If you believe our firm and this opportunity is the right fit for you, contact our Practice Manager, Carmen Simmonds by emailing your full CV and cover letter, with the subject line Private Client Employment Opportunity’ to lawyers

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