About the firm
Cooper Rapley (CR Law) is one of the Manawatu's leading and largest law firms. They are a full-service firm with representation in Palmerston North, Feilding and now Wellington.
They have been serving their broad range of clients for over 140 years. Over that time the firm has developed a reputation of providing high-quality, commercially minded, and pragmatic legal services across a range of areas.
Their experts are highly experienced in rural, commercial, local government and resource management matters at a local and national level.
In growth mode, CR Law is looking for talented lawyers to join their teams throughout the lower North Island. Could this be you?
About the opportunity
The Private Client Services team at CR Law is highly regarded for its client service ethos and full service capability across private client work, including property transactions, and review of personal affairs, trusts, wills / estates.
CR Law is looking for a new Partner to head the Private Client Services team from their Palmerston North office. This is an exceptional opportunity to take ownership of, and lead, a highly effective team, with a view to taking them to the next level using your experience, skill, passion for clients and curiosity about technology innovation.
A commercial, modern, and down to earth environment, this opportunity would suit someone looking to do quality work as part of a motivated and growing firm.
This is a salaried Partner role that will lead to future opportunities in the partnership for the right person.
This role needs a true leader who can foster a culture of real engagement while driving operational performance.
To be successful in this role you’ll either be a current Private Client Partner or a Senior Associate looking for your next opportunity.
You’ll understand the day-to-day workings of a Private Client team and what levers you can pull to continue to produce high quality work in an effective and efficient manner, with great client service.
You will be able to demonstrate the ability to lead a team and effectively maintain and build client relationships.
You will be passionate about a culture of sharing and a team ethos, which defines CR Law and cultural fit.
You will have at least 8 years post qualification experience in a Private Client or Property team where you will have a proven track record in supervising teams and advising clients on their personal affairs, including :
The successful candidate will also have a well-developed capacity to quickly pick-up and maximise technology solutions commonly used in law firms, and a nimbleness to streamline and implement new systems or processes.
You will have an affinity with regional New Zealand and understand the needs and issues facing a growing region / economy, and its urban and rural communities and businesses.
You will have a current NZ practising certificate and will have either completed the NZLS Stepping Up course or be willing to complete this as soon as possible.
How to apply
To discover more about CR Law, visit
For information about the region please visit : and watch Palmerston North’s City Council video here :
For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Hannah Doney on 027 511 9058 or by email to
Applications close : Friday 6th August 2021