Graduate Lawyer – Civil Litigation


Graduate Lawyer – Civil Litigation role in a growing, successful, full-service law firm

Smith and Partners is a well-established general practice mid-size law firm in West Auckland. Due to expansion, we are seeking a graduate solicitor to support our busy litigation team. We have a track record of building great careers and providing excellent training and mentoring to junior lawyers. This is your opportunity to join a growth focused, modern firm with abundant career opportunities.


The role

This is a varied and stimulating role, giving you exposure across a wide range of civil litigation and dispute resolution matters. Areas of litigation include company and commercial disputes, leasing and tenancy, real property, employment, relationship property, and debt collection including insolvency.

You will be working within a highly collaborative litigation team supporting our senor litigation lawyers with research, drafting, opinions, submissions, and some client facing work and Court appearances where suitable. Our team appears before all levels of Courts and Tribunals, including recent appearances at the Court of Appeal.

As a successful applicant you will have:

You will display:

  • A passion for problem solving and providing excellent client service
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Initiative and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude;
  • The ability to prioritise and manage your own workload;
  • An attitude of always striving for excellence Strong critical thinking skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • A commitment to continued learning and development

As a successful applicant you will have:

  • An LLB degree;
  • A strong academic record and legal research skills;
  • Completed (or be in the process of completing) your professionals; and
  • NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

Candidates with demonstratable client service skills will be preferred.

About Smith and Partners

Smith and Partners was founded in 1988 and has grown to be the largest legal practice in West Auckland. The litigation team is the largest of the three teams within the firm and is a key part of Smith and Partners’ success. We focus on team culture, excellence, putting people first, collaboration and being pioneering. We are committed to providing a supportive, family-friendly environment where work-life balance is encouraged.

We are a progressive firm and place a strong emphasis on continuously improving our service, legal knowledge, use of technology, and the practicalities of the way we practice the law, and giving back to the community.

If you think that our firm and this role is the right fit for you, contact General Manager – People, Marketing & Strategy, Julia Heckler by emailing your CV and cover letter, with the subject line ‘Graduate – Litigation’, to