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Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to the success of our people regardless of gender, age, disability, cultural background, sexual and gender identities, or political and religious views. The Board has committed to three key diversity and inclusion goals for within the next 5 years – you can read more about these here.

Our recruitment process is fair and robust while our promotion structure ensures that there are no hidden glass ceilings in the firm.

We are proud to have held Rainbow Tick certification since 2016 and we are committed to our environment being a welcoming place for everyone to feel comfortable to bring their authentic selves to work. The Rainbow Tick programme is a continual quality improvement programme designed to help an organisation ensure it is a safe and welcoming workplace for employees of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion Commitments

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct sets out the expectations for all employees, contractors, consultants and partners at Russell McVeagh, and confirms our commitment to maintaining a workplace where everyone can thrive. The Code is framed around our firm's four core values – Respect | Manaaki, Curiosity | Māhirahira, Excellence | Whai hiranga and Tenacity | Whakapau kaha – and outlines who we are and what is important to us.

Remuneration and Benefits

At Russell McVeagh, we believe in hiring the best talent. We offer a range of benefits to help our people both at work and with their work-life balance.
We aim to pay people at the top end of the market and review salaries regularly to ensure we maintain this position. In addition, we offer a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Health and wellbeing policy and initiatives including free, confidential and independent counselling services;

  • An extensive Learning and Development programme;

  • Exceptional performance awards;

  • Access to a number of workplace support services including an emergency nanny service;

  • An attractive bonus scheme for senior lawyers;

  • Long service leave, paid parental leave and an extra day of paid leave in our Christmas closedown period;

  • An annual solicitor’s allowance for solicitors with more than four years' experience;

  • Phone allowance;

  • Discounted premiums for Southern Cross medical insurance;

  • Regular social events;

  • Access to fantastic resources, including cutting-edge technology and one of New Zealand’s top legal libraries; and

  • A variety of gifts and celebrations.

Support for your life outside of work

Russell McVeagh aims to support all employees to be the best they can be in their professional and personal lives. There are numerous options in place to support each person's individual needs. Flexible working arrangements are possible for a variety of reasons, including family commitments, involvement in professional sport and continuing education. Our IT systems are such that people may work from home when necessary (depending on their role), and are able to receive reasonable reimbursements for use of their Smartphones if used for work purposes.

We also encourage our staff to take regular holidays and the firm closes for approximately three weeks over the Christmas/New Year break.