New Zealand Law Society - Criminal Defence Lawyer - Wellington

Criminal Defence Lawyer - Wellington

Are you an intermediate criminal defence lawyer looking for a flexible and supportive team environment? Do you enjoy teaching and supervising more junior team members? 

We’re looking for you to join our team! 


Te Aro Law is a small litigation firm in the heart of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, established in 2019. 

We provide high-quality and cost-effective legal help in family, criminal and civil disputes (including Waitangi Tribunal), and Legal Aid in all areas. Our style of litigation emphasises mutual respect, reasonableness, and care. 

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have near to or greater than 3 years PQE in criminal law.
  • Are a Lead Provider of Legal Aid services.
  • Are passionate about justice and social justice issues.
  • Have a good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and (if Pākehā), Pākehā partnership obligations.
  • Are willing to work with a range of clients from different backgrounds and display empathy and open-mindedness in this work.
  • Have experience working in teams and a desire to foster a collaborative and connected work environment.
  • Are keen and able to supervise and mentor more junior team members. 

Applicants may also have an interest in learning and working in other areas of litigation including criminal and civil, and will enjoy a workload that is largely legally aided. 

About us 

At Te Aro Law we try to serve some of the most vulnerable in our community while maintaining a supportive work environment and a healthy work life balance. 

Currently, our firm is made up of six Rōia and one Kaiwhakahaere, all female. 

At Te Aro Law we offer:

  • A collaborative working environment including weekly team meetings.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A four-day work week.
  • Independent professional supervision.
  • Monthly wellness budget.
  • A unique pay structure that emphasises flexibility and choice. 

The job is open to people from all backgrounds. We are looking to grow a more diverse team that represents our community. And we’d love to receive your application (even if you have slightly different experience to what we’ve described). 

We are very happy to discuss the role informally and answer any questions you have. Please contact 0800 99 22 65 or 

Please include a cover letter and CV in your application, due on 5pm Friday 28th May.

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