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All of our current vacancies are listed on our website. However, if we have no listings presently, it doesn’t mean our doors are closed. We are still very keen to hear from experienced practitioners who may be looking to move to the Waikato, or move firms.

If you are an experienced law practitioner and would like to discuss employment opportunities with our firm, please send your contact details to us at and we will call you back for a confidential discussion.


Current opportunities:


Commercial Solicitor 

Norris Ward McKinnon is a well-established specialist firm located in the Hamilton CBD.  Due to expansion and internal promotion, we are seeking to employ another solicitor for our Commercial Corporate team.

The role

You will be working closely with our Senior Associates, Shelley Slade-Gully and Chris Steenstra, both highly experienced commercial lawyers actively involved in the legal and business community in Hamilton.  Shelley has established a strong IP practice and Chris specialises in IT law and bespoke contracts; both advising our larger corporate client base here in New Zealand and off shore.  You can check them, and the rest of the team, out on our website

As the successful applicant, you will be part of a cohesive, collaborative team where everyone’s input is valued, where we value work-life balance and celebrate success.  Tech savvy, you’ll be working with advanced legal technology in modern open plan offices to provide client focused service.

As a successful applicant you will have:

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience working in a commercial practice in New Zealand
  • A demonstrable commitment to client service
  • Business development skills and an affinity for networking
  • A collaborative approach where you enjoy working in a fast paced team environment
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • An attitude of always striving for excellence in everything that you do
  • A growth mind-set, where you show a passion for continuous improvement in your practice of the law and the way in which you deliver client service.
  • A high level of computer literacy and an ability to learn new programmes quickly and utilise them efficiently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly the ability to explain legal concepts in plain English


Benefits of working at Norris Ward McKinnon

Robust team support:

  • Personal Assistant with over 10 years legal experience
  • Experienced junior lawyers with thorough research skills
  • Partners and senior lawyers who are accessible and actively involved in mentoring


Collaborative firm environment:

  • Ability to bounce ideas off other people and have down time with a fun, positive team
  • Within our full service firm you have access to property, litigation, tax, and business law experts from other specialist teams
  • Regular forums to connect with your peers; open-plan layout to support communication on files; and a very active social club



  • Access to ongoing CPD courses (over and above Law Society requirements)
  • Access to current legal resources and databases
  • We run modern Practice Management software, Infinitylaw, to help manage files
  • As a member of NZ Law, we have access to superb legal conferences and enjoy collegial relationships with member firms, enabling successful cross-referrals and support
  • Remote access to computer systems so that you can access email & client files from anywhere


Career development:

  • Strong mentoring from Partners and Senior Associates
  • Rapid exposure to corporate clients the team advises on a regular basis
  • Encouragement to build a strong network of internal and external key contacts to support your future legal practice


About Norris Ward McKinnon

Norris Ward McKinnon was founded in 1919 by Car Norris and Joe Ward.  Since then we have grown to be one of the largest and most respected legal practices in the Waikato. Our success is driven by a focus on excellence, placing our clients first, promoting collaboration, and being dedicated to excellence within the legal sector.

As a firm we place a strong emphasis on continuously improving our service, our legal knowledge and the practicalities of the way we practice the law.  We embrace legal technology where it serves our ability to put our clients first and provide excellence in all that we do.

We have a strong team culture based on collaboration and growth for both the team and the individual. We are committed to providing a supportive, family-friendly environment where work-life balance is encouraged.  We recognise that our people are our greatest asset – and our culture and systems reflect this attitude.

If you think that our firm and this role is the right fit for you, contact Practice Manager, Carmen Simmonds by emailing your full CV and cover letter, with the subject line ‘Commercial Corporate Solicitor’, to


Associate Programme

We are extremely proud of our Associates, and the excellence they have demonstrated to earn their appointment as an Associate of our firm. We have a formal programme to identify and develop solicitors to successfully reach the next step in their legal career. We assist them in expanding their legal and business skills, to contribute to the future direction of our firm.



We take great care to provide a mentor to assist with your professional development and career management. Our mentors are Associates and Partners who have a genuine interest in developing and working with our junior lawyers. You will also be introduced to a “buddy” to help you settle in. Your buddy is likely to have been through our Graduate Programme themselves, so they are the ideal person to help with any queries, talk through any concerns, or catch up with for lunch.


Career Path

We understand the investment you have made in your law career, financially and personally. At Norris Ward McKinnon we realise how important your career progression is to you and are dedicated to retaining and developing our stars. Talk to any of our Senior Solicitors and Associates and you will be impressed with the leaps and bounds they have made in their careers while with us.


In 2007 I was fortunate enough to be offered a position as a graduate solicitor with Norris Ward McKinnon, having previously worked here as a law clerk during the final year of my tertiary studies. From day one I was encouraged to develop and progress as a lawyer.  NWM lawyers and support staff are all extremely knowledgeable and eager to mentor and guide new staff, both professionally and personally.  Over the years I have been able to work with a diverse range of commercial clients, from ‘Mum and Dad’ businesses to large corporates. The firm offers a brilliant Associate Programme, and with hard work and diligence my technical skills and client base have developed rapidly to the point where I am now an associate of the firm, which is both an honour and a privilege.

Phil Hyde,  Senior Associate, Business, Rural & Property team

LLB – The University of Waikato


“Joining Norris Ward McKinnon as a law clerk during my 3rd year at University gave me invaluable experience of how a firm works and what it means to be a lawyer. The experience I gained was extremely useful for the completion of my law degree and the Professionals course. Since completing my degree and beginning full time employment as a graduate I have received a wide variety of work, accompanied by comprehensive training and development from both other solicitors and the firm’s partners. Norris Ward McKinnon offers great support and mentoring, encouraging both technical skills and client development. The graduate programme is challenging and ‘hands on’ within a friendly, supportive and professional environment. I would highly recommend joining any one of the teams at Norris Ward McKinnon, to any law student or graduate.”

Rebekah Smith – Associate, Family Disputes team

LLB (Hons), BMS – The University of Waikato


“From my first day as a graduate in the Trusts and Estates Team I have been mentored by my team Partner as well as other senior staff, who all assist in my development. As well as providing technical training, my team has also encouraged me to be innovative and to cultivate a specialisation in an area of law new to the firm. Norris Ward McKinnon provides a platform that allows you to continually grow and improve your skills in a supportive, supervised environment.  I would encourage any law student or graduate to join the Norris Ward McKinnon graduate programme.”

Alice Barker – Associate, Succession & Wealth Protection team

LLB – The University of Waikato 


“I started work with Norris Ward McKinnon as a law clerk at the beginning of 2015 during the fourth year of my degree. From my first day with the Commercial Corporate team I have been challenged with a range of different projects which have allowed me to apply and build on my understanding of the law. I have found everyone at Norris Ward McKinnon to be very approachable, supportive, and willing to help in any way that they can. The experience that I have gained through working at the firm has been invaluable for both my University studies and my professional career. I would highly recommend Norris Ward McKinnon to any law student or graduate looking to develop their skill and knowledge.”

Jess Collett – Solicitor, Commercial Corporate team

LLB – The University of Waikato