New Zealand Law Society - TMT Law - Junior Intermediate or Senior Lawyers

TMT Law - Junior Intermediate or Senior Lawyers

Webb Henderson is a Trans-Tasman specialist law firm with offices in Auckland and Sydney.

The New Zealand office specialises in strategic legal advice for TMT (telecommunications, media and technology) and corporate and finance transactions. The 18 lawyer local team have been recognised at the New Zealand Law Awards as Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2014 - 2018 and they are finalists once again this year. The Australia office specialises in TMT, competition law and disputes.

TMT law has been a primary area of specialisation across both offices since Webb Henderson’s inception more than 10 years ago. It is one of Australasia’s leading firms focussing on TMT and one of the largest teams with 4 partners and 14 lawyers across the two offices.

Due to accelerating demands in the TMT area, Webb Henderson is keen to attract a talented lawyer with 2 to 7 years’ high quality commercial experience to join the team. TMT experience is not a prerequisite; a genuine interest in the area and a willingness to learn are.

What’s On Offer

Whether you are looking for full or part time employment, Webb Henderson will accommodate any mutually beneficial arrangement, as it does for the current team.

You could expect to be involved in:

  • TMT commercial transactions, such as agreements for the construction of major telecommunications and internet infrastructure and for the supply of wholesale internet services;
  • Advising clients on major regulatory projects, particularly in the telecommunications and media sectors;
  • Assisting the corporate and finance partners and team with major transactions and projects involving a technology or privacy component; and
  • Advising on competition law matters, including working with the corporate and finance partners and team to advise on competition law aspects of potential M & A transactions.

The firm’s egalitarian, integrated and collaborative team ethos means you will work closely with all the TMT partners and staff in both offices. Your client-centric focus and efficiency will enable you to meet the firm’s high standards for service delivery. You will be ambitious for continuous opportunities for responsibility and learning, while being trusted and supported to deliver results.

Expertise

In New Zealand, six partners, Garth Sinclair, Graeme Quigley, Nicole Xanthopol, Michael Gartshore, Henry Willis and Jordan Cox lead an experienced team.

Jordan leads the local TMT practice, working closely with the 3 Sydney TMT partners and team. He joined Webb Henderson as a graduate when the firm was established in 2009 and has specialised in TMT and competition law ever since. Apart from recognising his expertise and commitment to the growth of this practice area, his promotion to partnership demonstrates the career development opportunities available at Webb Henderson and the firm’s commitment to its own people. He was named as a finalist in the Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year category at the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards and was recognised as a “Rising Star” in the inaugural Rising Stars 2020 list by NZ Lawyer.

The TMT team acts for some of the world’s largest telecoms operators, media and technology companies and government clients, with high-profile engagements across New Zealand, Australia, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. They focus on the most strategic TMT projects in these regions including:

  • The development and supply of wholesale broadband services;
  • Global internet infrastructure, including broadband, subsea and satellite networks;
  • The design implementation and reform of regulatory frameworks;
  • AI / machine learning, big data, blockchain, cloud computing, smart cities, buildings and energy;
  • Commercialisation of new technologies;
  • Procurement and outsourcing projects to deliver and integrate new technologies at scale; and
  • Privacy, data protection and cyber security.

Garth and Graeme are two of New Zealand’s most experienced and well respected corporate lawyers and law firm leaders. Michael and Henry joined Webb Henderson after working at national law firms as well as internationally and like Jordan, their promotion as corporate partners is testament to their capability and contributions to the firm, along with the firm’s growth and commitment to its people. Nicole has 25 years significant, broad ranging banking and finance expertise and strong law firm leadership experience, gained early in her career as a partner in a magic circle London law firm, as well as subsequently in a national firm.

These partners have attracted and retained an outstanding team of lawyers at all levels. A number of lawyers have joined from leading New Zealand firms or returned from major overseas firms to work at Webb Henderson. While people have diverse backgrounds and life experiences, they are strongly connected by shared values and aspirations, their drive and work ethic, their regard for one another and desire to have fun working together.

As a cohesive and dedicated team, the expertise applied, service levels delivered, and outcomes achieved for the firm’s clients reflect those usually associated with the premium large firms. At Webb Henderson, this is delivered in a highly personal, flexible and cost effective manner.

Culture

The glue that binds the firm’s outstanding team, clients, and work is its distinctive values based culture. The partners are actively committed to creating an engaged and rewarding work environment. This includes encouraging and supporting the team to integrate their professional and personal lives to be able to fulfil their goals and aspirations in both spheres. Examples of the culture in action include:

  • Active, regular personal mentoring from partners and more experienced lawyers;
  • Access to an external professional coach for team and individual sessions focussing on personal growth and soft skill development, along with access to external conferences;
  • Quarterly career discussions and day-to-day development feedback;
  • Provision of various types of support that people may require to respond to life’s challenges from time to time;
  • Team feedback sessions to continually shape the team culture;
  • Firm wide training and development sessions and off-site retreats (pre Covid - in Fiji) at which everyone from both offices comes together to learn and contribute to the firm’s strategy and goals;
  • The opportunity to learn about the “business of law”. Growth and development of the firm is discussed openly and transparently with the team in financial meetings. Everyone understands, and is invested in, the firm’s performance; and
  • Top of market remuneration including bonuses, based on team and individual performance.

Environmental, Social and Governance

For some years, the firm has been focussed on mitigating its impact on the environment and proactively supporting a variety of socially responsible initiatives. Examples include:

  • Becoming a Toitū Carbon Zero Certified Organisation in 2019;
  • The firm’s lawyers supporting a mentoring programme for University of Auckland law students with limited exposure to the legal industry;
  • Actively participating in the TupuToa internship programme for Maori and Pacific law students;
  • Volunteering for Eat My Lunch, Ronald McDonald House, and for Variety - the Children’s Charity projects; and
  • Undertaking a range of pro-bono legal engagements, where the firm’s experience and expertise can make a real difference.

What You Will Offer

As you would expect joining a high calibre team, you will be intellectually and commercially astute. Given the nature of work, you will enjoy working on predominantly novel and complex projects. You will be practical and dedicated to achieving business outcomes as well as personally invested in helping create a client experience that sets the firm apart from others. Most importantly, your values will be aligned with those of Webb Henderson. Your authenticity, integrity, commitment to excellence and innovation, generosity toward others, and modesty in relation to yourself, will ensure you easily fit in and thrive.

What Clients Say

“The key differentiator when working with the Webb Henderson team is their intense level of engagement on all commercial matters and the ability to contribute strategically for materially better outcomes for their clients. On a personal level they are hardworking, efficient and available to their clients at all times. They also make the journey enjoyable even when the work is challenging”.

Please enquire confidentially by contacting Victoria Fletcher on 021 300 982 or upload your application at your earliest convenience via Webb Henderson’s advertising on Seek.

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