Banking and Finance

As law clerks in the Auckland Banking and Finance team, we were exposed to a massive range of industry knowledge and expertise. The team advises on all aspects of New Zealand law that apply to borrowers and lenders, including (but not limited to) debt capital markets, leverage acquisition financing, sustainable and green financing, takeover finance, securitisation, structured derivatives, and project/asset finance. As law clerks, we had a front-row seat to watch how the team navigated the commercial landscape to construct and execute complex, market-leading deals. While at the same time, gaining hands-on experience through attending client meetings and negotiations, reviewing and drafting contracts, and conducting legal research. Being part of the team was a fantastic experience where we were both supported and challenged, as each senior is passionate about their work and invested in junior development.

Tallulah Parker, 2021 law clerk
 

Corporate Advisory Group

As a law clerk in the Wellington Corporate Advisory Group (CAG), we are exposed to a huge variety of work. The team's work includes advising on complex commercial contracts, mergers & acquisitions, investment in and procurement of large infrastructure projects, as well as technology, transport and energy projects. Being based in Wellington also means a lot of the work we do comes from the Government. As a law clerk, we were brought onto matters from the beginning, for example, attending negotiations and reviewing and drafting contracts. This was great to gain experience and develop the skills we would need going forward. It was also great having senior support and guidance right from the start. The CAG team offers a fun, supportive and exciting place to work. Everyone loves what they do and wants to help you find your way. We are lucky to be part of a team that is so dedicated to its culture and making sure everyone feels valued and respected.  

Maggie Burns and Jemima Allison, 2021 law clerks

Environment, Planning, and Natural Resources

The EPNR team engages in a wide variety of work, with law clerks exposed to multiple facets of the team from day one. The team is probably best known for assisting in the consenting and legal preparation of large-scale projects, including housing developments, railroads and infrastructure. A law clerk will often be the first point of contact on these projects, spearheading the caselaw research and document preparation, as well as contacting clients and drafting various documents. This also offers great opportunities for those interested in litigation, with most development projects involving hearings at Council or Court level. 
 
Other aspects of the team include assisting major industry powers in policy and law reform, judicially reviewing Council-level decisions, and assisting in local government affairs such as rates, liquor applications and development contributions. Overall, it is a diverse practice area at the intersection of law, politics, culture, and science. The team take pride in the niche areas of law we are required to specialise in at a moment's notice, and effectively create a relaxed yet dedicated environment. 

Hugo Fletcher, 2021 law clerk

General Litigation

Litigation is a dynamic and varied field. The work we do in litigation often intersects with other groups in the firm, which provides a broad range of different workflows. Working in litigation at Russell McVeagh means direct involvement with complex and high-stake cases that change the course of the law, all while learning from some of the best advocates in New Zealand. As a law clerk we are exposed to a wide range of work, including discovery, research, drafting court documents and letters to clients. This type of work allows you to develop and build on your research and writing skills and gain great experience in the process. Everyone is very approachable and wants to help you learn, grow, and succeed. It is a great team to work in and we are lucky to have such a supportive group of people.

Luka Letica and Rosie Judd, 2021 law clerks
 

Property and Construction

The Auckland Property and Construction team is a wonderful place to start your career in the law. Our team works with brilliant clients on the country's biggest property matters, whether they be the leasing arrangements for large commercial estates, development of new housing projects or construction of Auckland's skyline. Despite the team's large size, there is a strong sense of community which means that no one team member gets stuck doing one type of work. Members of the team also frequently get the chance to assist other teams within the firm, such as Corporate with due diligence or EPNR with resource consents. There is always variety, and the excitement of seeing a property that you have worked on makes the work very rewarding. As a law clerk, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and experienced senior lawyers in the Property and Construction field. What makes our team special is that the seniors are all incredibly supportive and will help you be the best you can be. 

Jacob Siermans, 2021 law clerk
 

Tax

The Tax team provides advice and does work across all areas of tax, from income tax to GST to capital gains. As a law clerk, the first year involves a lot of learning supported by weekly trainings on topics in relation to tax. You are exposed to a wide variety of research tasks and start to learn more on transactional tax work by assisting on document reviews and tax advisory matters. The Tax team is a smaller team but tight knit and led by some of the best partners in the industry. It is a positive and supportive environment to work and there is always someone available to provide guidance. The team is very social and has a lot of fun together.

Audrey Gregan, 2021 law clerk