We are interested in people.

Our team works hard, but the people and the working environment at Cavell Leitch are the best the industry has to offer. The work is challenging but enjoyable and the opportunity to grow your career is in your hands.

If you are going to spend a large amount of your life working you may as well work in an award winning firm that is vibrant, committed to growth and rewarding.  

It you would like to make a difference then we look forward to hearing from you.

Janine Ballinger is a Partner in our Property team Lauren Jerard is a Solicitor in our Property team Caroline Mason is a Senior Solicitor in our Property team Julian Clarke is a Managing Partner in our Management & Administration team Rebecca Clark is a Law Clerk in our Management & Administration team Lynda Russell is a Trust Accountant in our Management & Administration team

Positions Vacant

Summer Clerks

Full Time November 2017 to February 2018

We have an opportunity for three motivated and enthusiastic Summer Clerks to join our firm over the summer of 2017/2018, based in our new central city offices on the 3rd floor of the BNZ Centre at the heart of the CBD, overlooking Ballantynes and the Restart retail area on Cashel Mall.

Our firm of just under 100 passionate legal professionals and support team, a 2016 Law Firm of the Year finalist, is recognised as being in the top 20 law firms nationally and in the top three law firms in Christchurch. We carry out a broad range of legal work across our 9 specialist teams. Our Summer Clerks will be exposed to a wide variety of real work during their time with us - including working with our fast-paced residential and commercial property teams, through our Litigation team (including the potential to observe real court proceedings), and into our Business and Banking teams – real work opportunities supervised and supported by leaders in their legal fields.

Our Summer Clerks are buddied with a solicitor to help them make the best of their time with us, and have a supervising senior lawyer in place who will mentor them during their time with us. This opportunity would suit students in their last two years of study and would also suit graduates who are looking for full time work. The opportunity for graduates to get some Summer Clerking experience may assist with permanent job prospects both with our firm and elsewhere.

The successful applicant will display:
• An informative and interesting CV (with covering letter) helping us to understand them fully as a person rather than simply as a student
• Good grades in their law papers
• Proven ability to get on with others, work well under pressure and to be completely reliable
• Self-motivation, drive and enthusiasm to complete every task to the very best of their ability.

Our firm prides itself on employing the best people and then assisting them to grow their own careers to their full potential.

Applications, including a covering letter, full CV and course transcripts, for these positions are now welcomed via email to Applications close 21 April 2017. Please mark them for the attention of "The Managing Partner."

We look forward to hearing from you.
Julian Clarke
Managing Partner

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Property/Business (Queenstown)


Thanks to on-going expansion of the practice, we have a vacancy for a 3-5 year PQE solicitor for our Queenstown team, based in our fantastic central Queenstown offices. Be at the centre of the action in an expanding legal practice in one of the most breathtaking areas of the country - Queenstown, on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there's backcountry skiing and the country's highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping. Work with an array of interesting clients and enjoy a fantastic lifestyle as well.

Known for outstanding client service and its exceptional culture, Cavell Leitch is an award-winning and strongly positioned law firm, which acts for clients both New Zealand wide and around the globe.

This role is best suited to an enthusiastic solicitor with a passion for residential and commercial property conveyancing and the ability to work in a fast-paced transactional environment. All the better if you also have an interest in business law and being mentored by some of the best legal minds in the South Island. Working as a core part of the Queenstown team, you will have a central focus on providing great client service. You will also be a very strong team player – being able to provide an exceptional conveyancing service to clients, as well as working hard/playing hard with the wider Queenstown team, along the way.

Your experience of managing and processing a range of sale and purchase transactions, including an excellent knowledge of edealing will be invaluable. Experience of working with standard banking, trust and company structure documents will give you a strong foundation for the role. You will be a great communicator with excellent interpersonal skills to employ to the best advantage in the team, managing priorities and deadlines effortlessly. You are highly self-motivated, and you wish to drive your learning & development, taking advantage of the varied CPD opportunities, which Cavell Leitch provides.

You have strong people skills, and a real focus on generating a great team spirit. You are comfortable with and have an empathetic approach to dealing with a wide range of clients, and to meeting their needs time-efficiently and cost-effectively. Good computer skills would help, as would knowledge of Infinity and the ability to create precedents will be of distinct advantage (but we don't expect an IT expert). Having a good sense of humour and being relatable to your team mates during usually busy work days will also help you to become a core part of the Queenstown team.

In return, you have the opportunity to build a long-term career with our fantastic Queenstown Team with one of the South Island's leading law practices. Cavell Leitch has a positive and supportive culture and offers a modern and collaborative environment, combined with a strong social scene and wider community engagement/involvement.

If you require more information about the firm, please visit our website:

If you wish to find out more about the opportunity or you wish to submit your application, including a covering letter and Curriculum Vitae please contact Lorna Hayward, People and Service Manager on or for more information call Steven Brent, Queenstown Partner on: 03 335 3472.

To be successful in this role you must the have the right to live and work in New Zealand through permanent residency or citizenship.

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