The Law Society wants to encourage and support lawyers who are relatively new to the legal profession. Several Law Society young lawyer groups are well established around the country and you can find information on these, plus news, information, research and other resources which we hope will assist New Zealand's young lawyers.
New Zealand Law Society Guide for New Lawyers
This guide brings together information from a wide range of sources. The intention is to provide helpful information on some of the matters new lawyers will encounter when they start out in practice. Read the Guide...
Some useful resources
- First Steps: The experiences and retention of New Zealand's junior lawyers
- New Zealand Law Society Hays Legal Salary Guide 2015
- Charge out rates for employed solicitors, June 2016
- Snapshot of the New Zealand legal profession, February 2016
- Working overseas
- Time spent in practice by population centre
- Seeking employment as a lawyer
The New Lawyer podcasts
The New Lawyer is a regular podcast produced by Symphony Law for new and young lawyers, law students and anyone wanting to think differently about the culture of legal practice. Hosted by lawyer Katie Cowan, the podcasts are conversations with lawyers from all backgrounds and levels of experience, with a view to illuminating the practice of law and connecting listeners with new perspectives about their careers.
Young lawyers' groups
There are a number of Law Society groups for new and young lawyers. Some of these represent new lawyers on the local branch Council. While definitions can vary, a "new" or "young" lawyer is generally someone who has been in legal practice for less than five years.
- Auckland Young Lawyers
- Canterbury-Westland Young Lawyers
- Hamilton Young Lawyers Group
- Otago New Practitioners' Group
- Southland New and Young Practitioners
- Wellington Young Lawyers Committee
New in the Law
Profiles of some of New Zealand's young lawyers. How did they get into law, how do they feel about working as a lawyer?
- Yemo Guo, NZX, Wellington
- Jennifer Howes, Buddle Findlay, Wellington
- Matt Dodd, Russell McVeagh, Wellington
- Nic Popham, Cruickshank Pryde, Invercargill
- Jack Price, Parker and Marriner Lawyers, Hawera
- Oliver Peacock, Gifford Devine, Hawke's Bay
- Steven Stebbings, Hamertons Lawyers Ltd, Whakatane
- Alexandra Li, Solicitor, Wellington
- Samantha Hepburn, Cullinane Steele Lawyers, Levin
- Louise Laming, Berry & Co, Oamaru
- Sophie Barclay, Zindels Lawyers, Nelson
- Natalie Town, WRMK Lawyers, Whangarei
- Shaanah Valdez, Mortlock McCormack Law, Christchurch
- Jessica Watterson, Preston Russell Law, Invercargill
- Manaaki Terekia, Woodward Chrisp Lawyers, Gisborne
- Naahi Taiaroa, Simon Stock Lawyers, Christchurch
- Anishka Prasad, Public Trust, Auckland
- Rebecca Ardagh, Lane Neave, Christchurch
- Lena Saad, Fee Langstone, Auckland
- Jennifer Donnelly, Simpson Grierson, Auckland
- Charlotte Christmas, Russell McVeagh, Wellington
- Rebecca Garden, Crown Law Office, Wellington
Back in New Zealand
Our new series looks at the experiences of lawyers who have left New Zealand to work overseas and then returned.
Lawyers out and about
- Where do Auckland lawyers socialise?
- Where do Christchurch lawyers socialise?
- Where do Wellington lawyers socialise?
Not essential, but interesting...
Last updated on the 16th April 2018