Call 07 834 6000



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.

Lawyers – 3 years’+ experience

We’re looking for experienced lawyers to join our firm in Hamilton. We have a heap of interesting work for lawyers with 3+ years experience in these specialist areas: – Corporate & Commercial – Family Disputes – Private Client (property focus).

Email us for more details


Senior Role  –  Family Disputes  –  Hamilton

Norris Ward McKinnon is a well-established specialist firm located in Hamilton CBD.  We have an opportunity for an experienced senior person to join our Family Disputes team.

The role

You will be working closely with Partners and other team members, highly experienced family lawyers actively involved in the legal and business community.  As a senior team member you will be involved in a range of family matters including parenting; guardianship; family violence and protection orders; adoption; paternity; spousal maintenance; dissolution of marriage/civil union; relationship property agreements and disputes; contracting out agreements and protection of personal and property rights.  You’ll also be encouraged to help mentor and supervise junior lawyers in the team, to reach their full potential, and give you a rewarding coaching aspect to this role.

You’ll be part of a cohesive, collaborative team where everyone’s input is valued, where we value your home and work commitments and celebrate success.  Tech savvy, you’ll be working with advanced legal technology in modern open plan offices.

As a successful applicant you will have:

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience working in a family law 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
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Experienced junior lawyers with thorough research skills
  • Partners and senior lawyers who are accessible and actively involved in mentoring
  • Highly experienced support staff


Collaborative firm environment:

  • Ability to bounce ideas off other people and have down time with a fun, positive team
  • As a full service firm you’ll 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
  • Strong links to our community and NWM initiatives that support local charities along with a culture of ‘giving back’



  • Access to ongoing CPD courses (over and above Law Society requirements)
  • Access to current legal resources and databases
  • 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 computer access so you can access email & client files from anywhere

Career development:

  • Strong mentoring from Partners and 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
  • Clear career options which are raised up-front; you show us the talent, we’ll show you the opportunities


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

If you believe our firm and this opportunity is the right fit for you, contact our Practice Manager, Carmen Simmonds by emailing your full CV and cover letter, with the subject line ‘Family Disputes 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.


“Having joined Norris Ward McKinnon in 2012 after having worked in a large corporate law firm in Auckland, I immediately felt this was great place to work and where I wanted to be. My passion for being a lawyer was reinvigorated. There is never a shortage of support available. From the partners to support staff, everyone here is enormously helpful and knowledgeable. The variety of the work we undertake on a day to day basis means that no day is ever the same. Having specialist teams within our firm allows us to provide our clients with the best advise which is tailored to their needs. It also means that we are able to continue to learn by working with the other teams and understanding their area of the law. I can’t speak more highly of Norris Ward McKinnon and would encourage anyone looking to join a law firm to consider Norris Ward McKinnon.”

Odette Cottle, Associate, Corporate & Commercial 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 Revell – Associate, Family Disputes Team

LLB (Hons), BMS – The University of Waikato


“My career with Norris Ward McKinnon began as a part-time law clerk while studying for my LLB as a “mature student” at Waikato University.  The partners and staff were always extremely supportive and encouraging as I studied, gained my degree, completed “Profs”, and was admited to the Bar. The training and development provided by NWM is ongoing and comprehensive.  As a law clerk and then as a solicitor in the Commercial Corporate Team I have worked on a variety of legal matters and with a variety of clients, from sole traders and charities through to large corporates.  NWM encourages development of your legal and personal skills, communication and teamwork.  The firm provides support and encouragement to take your legal career further and gives you the opportunity to develop into the lawyer you want to be. Norris Ward McKinnon is a great place to work, it’s the people here that make the difference.”

Jacky Walker – Associate, Corporate & Commercial Team

LLB – The University of Waikato