We value the next generation of solicitors and our firm offers a nurturing and supportive environment for clerks and graduates to learn and grow.  Some of our partners have been here since they were a law clerk, which is a testament to the long term careers we have on offer here at Cavell Leitch.


It can feel daunting and overwhelming, and we get that.  To ensure we set our newcomers up for success, our graduates and summer clerks receive support from a number of senior and junior team members as they navigate their way through the start of their career.  You will be welcomed into our culture and the opportunities to participate and learn are extensive.  Of utmost importance to us, is ensuring our environment is safe and aimed at encouraging growth.  We ensure every clerk and graduate is connected with a buddy in the firm and our truly accessible partnership is highly committed to supporting our next generation of solicitors through coaching and mentoring.  Our office environment is bright, modern and is deliberately designed to breakdown any hierarchies in an open plan design.


Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of our summer clerks and graduates have to say about their time with us.

Harry McCormick

Property - Solicitor

+64 3 335 3475


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"I’ve been at Cavell for almost four months now and the Graduate programme has been fantastic. I work in the Property team that covers a wide range of residential, commercial and rural work. After graduating early in 2018, I had a lengthy stint overseas and as a result I was a bit apprehensive about transitioning into my first “law job.” However it couldn’t have been more seamless. Cavell has a really robust Grad programme which involves a senior mentor, tiered billing budget system (a real stress reliever), super accessible partners, team activities and a kind pastoral support team. Everyone is so approachable and generous with their time, it makes asking all the self-deprecating questions that much easier! I’m super excited to be working at Cavell, and would highly recommend it as a medium-size option for any Grad."  - Harry McCormick

Matt Rhodes

Litigation - Solicitor

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“I was fortunate enough to spend two summers at Cavell Leitch as a Summer Clerk where I was able to do some awesome work in each of Cavell Leitch’s eight specialist teams.  This meant I really got a taste of everything Cavell Leitch offers. 

Right from the outset, you are given some really meaningful work, with direct support from partners and senior lawyers who are experts in their field. The firm’s social club also put on some awesome social functions where you can meet everyone in a more relaxed atmosphere.

After University, I was offered a permanent role in the firms Graduate Programme and when I was admitted in September 2018, I found my passion in civil litigation.


The Summer Clerk and Graduate programmes made me feel comfortable with my career decision (which can be a very daunting prospect), and the support and experience I received meant I was able to hit the ground running from the moment I was admitted.” - Matt Rhodes

Kelly-Ann Barr

Trusts & Estates - Solicitor

+64 3 339 5622


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"Having the opportunity to take part in the Cavell Leitch Summer Clerk programme provided me with an invaluable experience. I was warmly welcomed and rotated through all of the teams that Cavell Leitch have to offer. Each team tasked me practical and rewarding work that taught me a lot in the space of just one summer! The team members at Cavell Leitch made us feel like a special part of the firm from our first day and made our experience as summer clerks fun and exciting." - Kelly-Ann Barr

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