We are a Christchurch-based law firm, and over the past century we have built a reputation for maintaining close and dependable relationships with our clients. With over 70 employees, we are proud of our firm’s culture, values, and vision. We have an opportunity for an experienced Solicitor to join our Dispute Resolution team. The team advises on a range of disputes including commercial, property, insurance, employment, construction, banking, debt collection, and much more.

Key functions of the role include:
  • Legal advice on a range of dispute resolution and employment matters.
  • Ability to run some files on your own (supervision provided).
  • Conduct legal research and analysis to support case strategy and client objectives.
  • Draft legal documents, including correspondence, pleadings, affidavits, and settlement agreements.
  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships through exceptional service.
  • Attend court hearings, mediations, and settlements representing clients under supervision.
  • Stay abreast of changes in legislation, court decisions, and legal trends affecting litigation.
  • Support business development initiatives and attend networking events.
Our ideal candidate:
  • NZ qualified lawyer with approximately 3–5 years’ legal experience in litigation and employment.
  • Exceptional technical mind and ability to analyse legal issues.
  • Great communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, as well as a sense of humour.
  • Has a strong drive to deliver the best client experience.
  • Is well-organised, time-efficient and process driven.
  • Is able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Can manage priorities and deadlines effortlessly.
  • Is reliable and shows initiative along with a good attention for detail.
  • Committed to helping develop and train junior solicitors in the team.
Working at Cavell Leitch:
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities with progression pathways.
  • You'll be part of a friendly and social team who work collaboratively.
  • Flexible working practices.
  • Range of leave benefits (parental, long service, marital, study, lawyers’ day)
  • Connected culture and supportive wellbeing program.
Typical Recruitment Process:
  1. Our HR team will endeavour to respond to applications within 48 hours of receiving them.
  2. If skills align, we will invite you to an interview with an HR member and/or relevant team leaders. The first interview may be prefaced by an initial phone call to give you more details about the role and your suitability for it. This provides an opportunity for the candidate to discuss their experience and ambitions, ensuring they are a good match.
  3. We may then conduct a second, less formal interview with other members of our team to help you gain insight into our culture and what it is like working at Cavell Leitch.
  4. Our HR team checks in with candidates between each stage to cover off any concerns, revisit expectations and ensure everyone is on the same page. We want to ensure potential candidates feel comfortable and informed throughout the process.
  5. All relevant testing, reference-checking and criminal checks will take place.
  6. Lastly, our hiring team will make the decision to offer the role, with this process being facilitated by our HR team.
  7. We then offer a full bespoke induction to all of our successful candidates during their first weeks with us to ensure they can settle in and get to know our team and systems.
Contact us

If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, or you want to submit your application, including a covering letter and resume, apply HERE. Alternately you can reach Lauren, our HR Advisor on 0273567383 or email lauren.buchan@cavell.co.nz

Cavell Leitch does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed recruitment fee agreement, Cavell Leitch will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Cavell Leitch explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any solicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Cavell Leitch.