Commercial Solicitors for Full Service Law Firm

  • ClassificationPrivate practice
  • Salary
  • Work typePermanent
  • LocationWaikato, New Zealand
  • Posted on08 Dec 2017
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Norris Ward McKinnon is a well-established specialist firm located in the Hamilton CBD.  Due to expansion and internal promotion, we have opportunities for experienced solicitors to join our Commercial Corporate team.

The role

You will be working closely with Dan Moore, Partner; and Chris Steenstra, Senior Associate, highly experienced commercial lawyers actively involved in the legal and business community in Hamilton.  Dan and Chris advise our larger corporate client base here in New Zealand and off shore.  You will be involved in a range of corporate business matters spanning governance, mergers, structures, contracts, tax and financing, and complex transactions.  In addition, experience in IP law, charities, and IT law will be a valuable part of your success. 

You can see more about the team and their services on our website

If successful, you’ll be part of a cohesive, collaborative team where everyone’s input is valued, where we value your home and your work commitments and celebrate success.  Tech savvy, you’ll be working with advanced legal technology in modern open plan offices.

As a successful applicant you will have:

  • Minimum 3+ years’ experience working in a commercial practice in New Zealand
  • A demonstrable commitment to client service
  • Business development skills and an affinity for networking
  • A collaborative approach where you enjoy working in a fast paced team environment
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • An attitude of always striving for excellence in everything that you do
  • A growth mind-set, where you show a passion for continuous improvement in your practice of the law and the way in which you deliver client service.
  • A high level of computer literacy and an ability to learn new programmes quickly and utilise them efficiently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly the ability to explain legal concepts in plain English


Benefits of working at Norris Ward McKinnon
Robust team support:

  • Personal Assistant with over 10 years legal experience  
  • Experienced junior lawyers with thorough research skills
  • Partners and senior lawyers who are accessible and actively involved in mentoring

Collaborative firm environment:

  • Ability to bounce ideas off other people and have down time with a fun, positive team 
  • Within our full service firm you have access to property, litigation, tax, and business 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


  • 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 mentoring from Partners and Senior Associates
  • Rapid exposure to corporate clients 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 options 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 largest and most respected legal practices in the Waikato. Our success is driven by a focus on excellence, placing our clients first, promoting collaboration, and being dedicated to excellence within the legal sector.

As a firm we place a strong emphasis on continuously improving our service, our legal knowledge and the practicalities of the way we practice the law.  We embrace legal technology where it serves our ability to put our clients first and provide excellence in all that we do. 

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 ‘Commercial Corporate Opportunity’, to



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