New Zealand Law Society - TMT Lawyer - Sydney or Auckland

TMT Lawyer - Sydney or Auckland

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

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 11 lawyers across the two offices. The team works on an integrated basis between Sydney and Auckland, with partners and lawyers working closely across the offices on a day-to-day basis.

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 its team in Sydney or Auckland.  TMT experience is not a prerequisite; a genuine interest in the area and a willingness to learn are.

This is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand-based lawyers looking for a move overseas to enjoy the breadth of practice and lifestyle available in Sydney.

What’s On Offer

You can 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;
  • Work with clients spread across the globe, with significant projects in New Zealand, Australia, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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

Webb Henderson’s market-leading TMT team is led by four partners. In Sydney, Angus Henderson, Ara Margossian and Ish Omar lead an experienced team. Jordan Cox heads the New Zealand TMT practice.

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 Australia, New Zealand, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. 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.

Angus has long been recognised by peers and clients as one of the leading individuals for TMT in Australasia and South-East Asia. He is a partner and head of department, based in Webb Henderson’s Sydney office. In Australia, Angus has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 (Band 1) and a Hall of Fame individual with Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms).

Ara is one of the leading telecoms lawyers in Australia, South-East Asia and the Middle East. He has extensive experience advising clients in the telecoms, media and technology sectors on strategic corporate, commercial and regulatory projects.

Ish is a leading telecommunications and media specialist in Australia and New Zealand. He works across commercial and regulatory issues with some of the largest telecommunications firms in these markets.

Jordan leads the New Zealand TMT practice, working closely with the three Sydney TMT partners and team.  He joined Webb Henderson as a graduate when the firm was established in 2009 - 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.

These partners have attracted and retained an outstanding team of lawyers at all levels.  A number of lawyers have joined from leading Australia and 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 and flexible manner.

Webb Henderson was recognised at the New Zealand Law Awards as Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2021, building on its strong record of winning the same award from to 2014 - 2018.

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;
  • Regular and targeted training focussing on personal growth and soft skill development, along with access to external conferences;
  • Regular career discussions and day-to-day development feedback;
  • Team feedback sessions to continually shape the team culture;
  • Firm wide training and development sessions and off-site retreats 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
  • Competitive Australian 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 in New Zealand 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 our experience and expertise can make a real difference.

As an equal opportunity employer, Webb Henderson has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We actively ensure that the workplace is a safe space where individuals from all backgrounds and experiences can contribute and feel heard. By providing equitable experiences to our employees, we aim to promote an environment of inclusivity and acceptance that embraces each individual member of our team.

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 send a cover letter, CV and academic transcript to careers@webbhenderson.com.

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