Current Vacancies

At NWM, a fantastic firm culture is one of our unique features. So much so, it's a strategic goal and priority. As a team member at NWM you'll feel valued and recognised for your contributions. You'll be trusted and given opportunities to develop. We'll share with you what it takes to progress here, as your success is important to us. We embrace creativity, innovative thinking, and collegiality and we value our people highly. It's just a great place to work!

We have a team-based environment with strong mentoring and role modelling. Our modern open-plan offices support the best use of technology to encourage efficiency. NWM people are all very approachable and willing to share their knowledge. Our Partners are leaders, specialists in their fields, and down to earth. At NWM you'll be one of a team of people who are engaged in their roles and really enjoy their work and surroundings.

Our current vacancies are listed below. However, if we have no listings presently, it doesn’t mean our doors are closed.

We are interested in hearing from experienced practitioners who may be looking to move to the Waikato, or move firms. Contact our General Manager by email to arrange a confidential chat: [email protected]

SUMMER CLERKS 2021 / 2022

Applications are now open for Summer Clerks. If you are a final year law student you may be interested in NWM's programme.

Our programme runs from early November 2021 to late February 2022.  We are taking one Summer Clerk for each of our teams:

  • Commercial Disputes & Employment
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Family Disputes
  • Private Client — Property
  • Private Client — Trusts

During this period you will experience time in two different teams, to give you exposure to a variety of legal work. You'll work alongside our lawyers and legal executives to understand how the team responds to client queries, and assist with research, proofing, and drafting. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your theoretical skills into practice, to understand the workings of a law firm, and to learn from the best.

Send your CV, your academic transcript and a brief letter of introduction to [email protected]

Applications close 24 September 2021.


You will be working closely with the Partner and Senior Associate in the team, and with our experienced solicitors and legal executives.

We’re looking for someone with significant experience in complex trust matters, for personal and business clients. The ideal person will be someone who enjoys the intersection and dynamics between Trust, Property, Estate, and Family law. We need someone who is well versed in current trust legislation, including the changes that came into effect in January 2021. An ability to work with clients to develop a comprehensive asset protection and succession plan is required.As well as developing your own client base, you’ll be involved in the day-to-day supervision and mentoring of the team’s junior lawyers. As part of the Private Client leadership team, you’ll have influence in the team’s strategies for marketing and business development.

As an Associate at NWM you’ll be part of a strong collegial team, and join the leadership development programme designed to progress our Associates through the firm.

If successful, you’ll be part of a cohesive, collaborative team where everyone’s input is valued and respected. We recognise and celebrate success. We also recognise the importance of your commitments outside of the office. Flexible working arrangements are a part of our firm’s culture and we encourage you to plan how your lifestyle and work practices will fit together so you have the best of both worlds.

If you believe our firm and this opportunity is the right fit for you, contact our General Manager, Carmen Simmonds, by emailing your full CV and cover letter to [email protected]

“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. 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, Senior Associate, Corporate & Commercial Team.
LLB – University of Waikato

"Starting at Norris Ward McKinnon as a graduate in 2019 and then moving into a solicitor role, I can absolutely endorse Norris Ward McKinnon’s commitment to the training of lawyers. The support I have received from the firm has given me the confidence to represent my clients at the high level the firm sets and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity I have had."

Jamie Blackburn, Senior Solicitor, Family Disputes Team.
LLB — University of Waikato

“I was made to feel a part of the NWM family from the
moment I joined the firm. It was obvious that my team leader cared about my professional development and my work-life balance. The culture at NWM supports lawyers to grow, focussing on sharing in successes and celebrating wins. The firm also works for great clients, who provide interesting and sometimes challenging work. Progressing as a lawyer is easy at NWM, plus you get the added benefit of working alongside some great human beings.”

Robert Davies, Senior Associate, Commercial Disputes & Employment Team.
LLB — University of Waikato

"I joined Norris Ward McKinnon while in my final year of study at the University of Waikato, and am immensely grateful that my introduction to the legal workplace has been overwhelmingly positive. The entire team has invested in my growth from student to solicitor, and have offered continued support and encouragement."

Hannah Espin, Solicitor, Private Client Team.
LLB — University of Waikato

"I joined NWM in 2017 after spending two years in a very large magic circle law firm in London. I really enjoy the wide variety of work I'm given. The training that has been provided by my team Partner and other work colleages has been amazing. I highly recommend NWM as a law firm for both clients, and young lawyers. The expertise is second to none and the family vibe of my team and the firm as a whole makes it a fantastic place to work."

Kerry Reed, Senior Solicitor, Private Client Team.
LLB — University of Waikato

I spent almost 17 years working at another large law firm in Hamilton and in 2019 it was time for a change and new challenges. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with, and support, our fantastic junior lawyers. I have also gained significant experience and knowledge in my specialist area since I joined NWM. I highly recommend that lawyers of any age and stage consider a move to Norris Ward McKinnon.

Geraldine Austin, Senior Associate, Private Client Team. LLB, Masters - University of Waikato

Associate Programme

We are extremely proud of our Associates, and the excellence they have demonstrated to earn their progression through the 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 professional development and career management. This is typically a senior member of NWM or can be an external practitioner.

Our mentors are typically Associates and Partners who have a genuine interest in developing and working with our junior lawyers. Sometimes an external practitioner is involved in mentoring. As a new team member you'll be given a “buddy” to help you settle into the NWM way of life.

Career Path

We encourage the development of potential in all of our team members, legal and support staff. We provide transparency about a career path that will be fulfilling, as well as professionally and personally rewarding.

At Norris Ward McKinnon we realise how important career progression is to you and are dedicated to retaining and developing our top performers. We are open to progression options that are outside the traditional pathway of law firms, to give individuals the career development that suits them.

Talk to any of our Senior Solicitors and Associates and you'll be impressed with the leaps and bounds they have made in their careers while with us.