We will be producing the salary & benefits guide each year. So far we have had a great response to the information from both Kiwis overseas and the local NZ market. Please let us know if you would like a copy. If you have already received it, we’d love your feedback in terms of the data and/or design of the salary guide. We want 2022/2023’s to be just as useful and informative as you look towards a new legal job opportunity for 2022. 

Latest developments

The latest development in recruitment has been the option to delay the start date for roles that are being recruited for now. Many firms, especially those based in Auckland are making the decision to move flex-start dates to the New Year. This is for several reasons:

The uncertainty of lockdown levels leading up to the Christmas break means a somewhat “stop/start” induction process. Many firms have adopted a work-from-home culture. However, many still feel that being able to induct new staff face to face in their office environment. Deciding it is more optimal to build a team culture. It makes their new incumbent feel more comfortable and logistically able to ask/answer questions “on the fly” rather than through organised video calls.

Staff (as well as job seekers) including Partners are feeling fatigued. Leaders are sensitive as to whether the extra pull on resources is worth waiting for a fresh year.

In Auckland, there are bottlenecks of work requiring more attention which will continue to build during L3 lockdown.

The implications

For those relocating out of Auckland. This is simply unachievable due to lockdown level 3 for the next few weeks which again leads us into the holiday season.

What is interesting is that very few firms have cited a reason for not hiring currently to be instability or budget concerns. A very different message from the market that was somewhat starved of confidence during 2020’s lockdowns.  

As a side note, for those individuals motivated to move and commence a new role in 2021. Firms are open to discussion due to not wanting to lose great talent.

The Tyler Wren team is currently hiring across all regions in most areas of expertise. A small snapshot of our latest roles is below. Please do let us know if you are aware of anyone in your networks that is motivated to move to a new legal job opportunity in 2021/2022:

Senior Associate Litigation – Top tier

You will have a proven track record working in the litigation space, a minimum of 5 years PQE a strong academic record. A willingness to learn and participate in a collaborative team. Be self-sufficient and looking for a long-term career option. Working for an NZX-listed full-service firm. The litigation practice encompasses a broad range of fields. Including commercial and contract disputes, and financial regulation. Also competition law, class actions, construction law, insolvency, and insurance work. The firm can offer you the opportunity to continue to build great experience for your own profile. The firm also promotes staff well-being, development and support. They offer highly competitive remuneration – base salary and benefits.

Commercial Lawyer – Prominent mid-tier law firm

This opportunity is ideally suited to you if you want to work with experienced mentors. To develop a specialised reputation of your own and have between 3 and 5 years PQE. The successful candidate will find a welcome home in this highly inclusive firm. Leaving ample room for their growth and development. This position covers a broad scope of commercial work. Including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract negotiation and drafting. Also business structuring, corporate governance, financing arrangements and intellectual property.

Associate Solicitor Corporate – Leading specialist corporate legal advisory firm

Some of the most complex and challenging M&A transactions in NZ along with providing its top-tier clients with consistently strong corporate transactional and legal advice. This is just one reason why this firm is regularly sought after. With at least 4 years PQE you will work on high-profile and international files. Be advising on public company takeovers, and regularly advise on primary and secondary NZX listed equity offerings and other non-listed securities structuring and issuances. 

Solicitor or Associate Corporate –  Leading boutique firm

The firm operates as a team. Works hard to ensure it maintains a positive, motivated and engaged workforce through effective training and development. Delegating a range of complex work and exposure to clients. With at least 2 years PQE you will work on a great range of corporate work. Including M&A, Private Equity, JVs, Investment, Capital Raising on behalf of international, trans-Tasman and domestic clients.

Associate or Senior Associate – General practice

This role will be ideally suited to an ambitious general practice solicitor with at least 4 years of quality post-qualification experience across property, commercial, trusts and estates. You will be ambitious and driven to offer tailored and top-quality advice to their broad client base, not to mention you will be passionate about building strong and lasting relationships with clients and colleagues. You will be expected to adhere to the consistently high standards of work that are prevalent throughout the firm and be comfortable working autonomously while still enjoying great support, mentorship and work-life balance.

Solicitor or Senior Property Solicitor – Prominent law firm

This CBD-based law firm has been “quietly” managing large clients within the commercial property and commercial space for over 50 years. This family-orientated team does not have company-wide policies set for their staff. For them, it is more about what is going to work for the individual and discussing what will make them happy and motivated in their work. This might come in the form of a structured career path to Partnership, a mixed industry role, flexibility or part-time arrangement, or a mix of requirements. You will work on commercial property due diligence and reporting; LIM reporting; leasing matters;  and general commercial and company matters. 

Employment Lawyer – Mid-tier law firm

This highly reputed law firm is looking for its next addition to its growing, quality team. Having expertise in this service channel, the firm’s partners are well known. They have dealt with some well-known cases in New Zealand. Their aim is to provide exceptional service and expertise in employment law. Also to ensure their staff are the most well-informed and trusted advisors in the market by providing ongoing support and development to their team members. They are also aiming to create a strong succession plan in order to maintain promotion and growth throughout the firm

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Please contact Lisa Gray or Stevie Doubleday should you want to discuss your next legal job opportunity.