New Zealand Law Society - Solicitor/Senior Solicitor - Criminal Litigation

Solicitor/Senior Solicitor - Criminal Litigation

Hours: Full-Time
Location: Queenstown or Wanaka
PQE: 2-5 years' PQE, junior-intermediate

In response to continued growth of the firm’s litigation practice, we have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor to join our criminal team.

About us:

TODD & WALKER Law is one of Queenstown Lakes leading all-service law firms. With offices in Queenstown and Wanaka, we have been recognised as being one of New Zealand's fastest-emerging legal firms.

We are a firm that takes on the large law jobs whilst retaining our small firm culture. Our purpose is to simplify the complicated for our clients, and we pride ourselves on having a reputation for delivering astute legal advice. We place people as one of our core values and we work hard to provide a great outcome for our clients as well as a supportive place to work for our team.

About the role:

We are on the search for a high-performing solicitor to continue to strengthen our criminal defence team. You will be involved in all aspects of our criminal practice including advising on matters involving drug charges, serious assaults, dishonesty, traffic-related offending, and limited licence applications.

You will be involved with drafting court documents and letters of advice, preparing submissions, legal researching and assisting with all aspects of court preparation. Our team make regular appearances before the District Court, and have made appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal. We are a Criminal Legal Aid provider firm, and you will get the opportunity to develop your Legal Aid provider approval level.
You will enjoy the support of working closely with the firm’s litigation Principals, and Senior members of the team in an environment where you will be supported and encouraged to build in your experience, and to further develop your technical and advocacy skills.

What we are looking for in a candidate:

• 2-5 years' PQE with criminal litigation experience. If you have slightly less PQE but think you fit the criteria of the position, we encourage you to still apply.
• PAL 1 or PAL 2 Legal Aid level approval or the ability to get approved promptly.
• Strong written communication skills including sound legal research skills and an ability to draft high quality legal documents.
• Strong communication skills with a strength in building client relationships.
• Someone who is a practical thinker and who is highly accurate, and detail focused.
• Someone with a confident, pro-active and enthusiastic approach to their work.
• A motivated worker with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team to deliver results.

What we can offer:

• Receive above-market remuneration and an employee benefit package.
• Work in a firm that places a focus on the continuing professional and personal development of its people.
• Join a team with a fantastic culture for enjoying what we do.
• You would have the ability to work from our Wanaka or Queenstown offices or split your time between both.

At TODD & WALKER Law, our staff are important to us. We are known as fantastic employers who support and nurture our staff.

Please apply directly, with a detailed cover letter and resume, to our Office Manager, Louise Gill at or contact our Criminal Principals Michael Walker or Louise Denton for a confidential discussion about the role on 03 441 2743.