Mayne Wetherell has provided me with an unrivalled experience. I was welcomed into the firm as if it was the first day of the rest of my career. From my first week, I was given enjoyable and challenging work that applied the skills I learnt in the specialised training programme run by the firm. This allowed me to hone my skills and provide value to transactions from an early stage. The incredible firm culture, full social calendar and high calibre of work has ensured an incredible experience thus far.
Mayne Wetherell offers a unique summer clerkship experience, underpinned by the firm’s overwhelming focus on development. From my first day I was working with staff across the firm, be they graduates or partners. I was never given a job without a thorough explanation of the context of the transaction, and an opportunity to ask questions. The balance between being challenged and supported promotes the most effective environment for personal and professional growth.
The thing I like most about Mayne Wetherell is the collaborative environment of the office. Everyone at the firm, across all levels, is willing to provide advice and assistance when needed which provides an inclusive learning platform for all.
I am proud that Mayne Wetherell also has a focus on diversity & inclusion and the “doing business for good” movement. A personal highlight for me was being part of the team that helped to obtain BCORP status for the firm, making us the first and only law firm in New Zealand to be a BCORP.
Summer clerking at Mayne Wetherell gives you an unrivalled opportunity to immerse yourself in complex legal transactions. Each transactional team takes the time to ensure you understand the full picture and broader context of the work at hand. As a Summer Clerk I always felt comfortable to ask questions and voice my opinion. Mayne Wetherell offers the support and culture of a smaller firm while also providing the opportunity to work on high profile, challenging, and interesting transactions.
Working for Mayne Wetherell has given me invaluable experience, skills and insight into the legal profession. I was impressed by how invested everyone was in welcoming us and getting us involved in the firm’s work. The transactions are interesting and challenging, and the staff working on those transactions were happy to explain the background to me. A summer at Mayne Wetherell was the perfect way to start my legal career.
Working at Mayne Wetherell is invaluable in both experience and people. Mayne Wetherell provides opportunities to challenge thinking, hone legal skills and learn every step of the way across the finance and corporate spectrum. The collaborative, non-hierarchical environment supports everyone to achieve collective and personal goals. I could not imagine a better place to begin my legal career.
I recently joined Mayne Wetherell to lead the firm’s tax practice, having spent 20 years at a larger law firm. The attraction of Mayne Wetherell for me is that I have the opportunity to work on some of New Zealand’s most interesting and significant legal matters, while enjoying a culture that’s non-hierarchical and non-bureaucratic. Mayne Wetherell strikes me as a firm where every individual counts and no one gets lost in the crowd. That’s reflected in the developmental opportunities for each lawyer beginning their career at Mayne Wetherell. Although the firm has excellent structured training available, the emphasis is much more about individual feedback, and hands-on experience right from day one, and that’s what I think gives Mayne Wetherell lawyers the edge in terms of the opportunities for development.
I chose Mayne Wetherell because I wanted to really immerse myself in corporate law and to make the most of working with some of the best minds in the industry. Working at Mayne Wetherell exceeded my expectations. Each member of the firm takes the time to explain each transaction that you are working on, and they are happy to help with any questions you have. The people that work here are genuine, approachable, and want to help and support you become the best lawyer you can be.
Mayne Wetherell is a firm that provides unparalleled opportunities for a young lawyer to grow and develop. At Mayne Wetherell you will be presented with real and challenging work to take ownership of. The partners at Mayne Wetherell are committed to helping everyone achieve their potential and there is no better place to begin your legal career.
Mayne Wetherell provides an unparalleled professional experience. It has the essence of a small firm, in that every member of the team feels valued, but with the magnitude of transactions and quality of work of the larger firms. In short, a career here captures the best parts of working in law. During my time here, I have worked with top New Zealand lawyers at every level on a diverse range of projects and had a ball doing it. Between the high-quality work, amazing people, full social calendar, great pay and incredible offices, Mayne Wetherell was and remains an easy choice over other firms.
In my 8 years at Mayne Wetherell, the thing that I have enjoyed the most has been the firm’s non-hierarchical structure which fosters an incredibly inclusive culture. Everyone at Mayne Wetherell is extremely helpful, diligent and approachable.
Mayne Wetherell presents you with the opportunity to hone your legal and commercial expertise in an environment that fosters skill, not ego. The people are genuine and down-to-earth, and the standards are high. Mayne Wetherell exposes you to both corporate and finance work, rather than requiring you to specialise in a single area. I find the work to be substantive, the people kind, and the support constant.
Mayne Wetherell is an outstanding firm at which to start your legal career. Mayne Wetherell exposes you to the same high-quality, complex work of a large law firm, with the culture and benefits of a small one. In my time at Mayne Wetherell, I have felt very welcomed and supported, and I look forward to continuing my personal and professional development here.
Mayne Wetherell facilitates an inclusive team environment where there is no hierarchy. You will quickly form strong working relationships with all members of the firm which makes going to work more than just a learning experience; it is a place where you will feel comfortable to ask questions, offer ideas and speak your mind.
Mayne Wetherell provides the perfect environment for starting your legal career. The firm’s investment in its young lawyers is fostered toward encouraging autonomy and responsibility, meaning you begin to develop your legal style and skills from the outset. The non-hierarchical culture of the firm allows you to work on high quality transactions alongside the best in the industry. The Mayne Wetherell team are a very supportive and actively encourage you to ask any questions making it a supportive and stimulating firm to be a part of.
My first year at Mayne Wetherell has been exciting, challenging but most of all a rewarding experience. I have worked on numerous matters, both finance and corporate, giving me the opportunity to diversify my knowledge and skills. The experience I have gained in my first year alone has been invaluable to furthering not only my career but also my person growth. The team at Mayne Wetherell provides constant support to each other allowing everyone to learn and challenge themselves in a productive and effective manner. The way in which the firm helped the new graduates (myself included) transition into full time work despite having just entered our first lockdown was a true reflection on the firm and its values. Not only the graduates but all staff were provided with a wealth of support, resources, and contact points to ensure everyone felt supported and capable in a time of upheaval.
Mayne Wetherell distinguishes itself from other top firms by training lawyers to manage and advise on all aspects of complex business transactions. On joining Mayne Wetherell, I was impressed with the confidence and competence of the firm’s junior lawyers. Operating as a single team, our junior lawyers are able to work with, and learn from, individuals at all levels of the firm. With the full support of the senior staff, junior lawyers are also encouraged to take ownership of various aspects of each transaction.
Mayne Wetherell offers the calibre and quality of work you would expect from a large, top tier firm, while delivering its lawyers the opportunity to work in a small, focussed environment. With experienced practitioners across a range of levels in corporate, finance and tax, Mayne Wetherell offers unique opportunities for summer clerks and junior lawyers to get involved in the most complex transactions, accelerating their learning and development.
Mayne Wetherell is a place where you feel comfortable and valued. This was what attracted me to the firm during the recruitment process and resonated with me when I summer clerked. The people at Mayne Wetherell are genuine, friendly and welcoming. Everyone is eager to see you learn and grow, and will take the time to ensure that you enjoy yourself doing so. There is no better place to be, and no better people to have around you, as you make your first step into the legal profession.
Through working at Mayne Wetherell, I have been given the opportunity to work on a diverse range of transactions without being pigeon-holed into one area of practice. At Mayne Wetherell there is a real focus on involving junior lawyers in all aspects of a transaction and encouraging them to take ownership of their work and build their own relationships with clients. The open plan office layout and social environment allows all members of the firm to interact, resulting in a cohesive and supportive team environment – the perfect environment to learn and develop as a lawyer.
In my time at Mayne Wetherell I have had the opportunity to be involved in many high value, innovative and exciting deals, involving international companies and financial institutions across a range of industries. The flexibility between corporate and finance work has allowed me to be consistently exposed to new and exciting work and ensures that I am proficient across a number of practice areas, a benefit not available at other larger firms. There is consistent encouragement to take ownership of my work, as well as generous recognition and reward for my efforts.
Interviewing candidates for summer clerkships is a two-way street. It is very important to us that we hire candidates who will thrive in our firm, and equally important that those candidates are confident that Mayne Wetherell is the right fit for them. For that reason, we encourage you to speak to as many of our team members as possible during the recruitment season – whether on the phone, through email or face-to-face.
Simon is one of New Zealand’s leading securities law and corporate lawyers. He has been recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers Global for his corporate and M&A work and is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field by Asialaw. Simon is also a member of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel.
A summer clerkship at Mayne Wetherell is a one-of-a-kind experience where from day one you are engaged in complex work on significant transactions. You are always working on a task more challenging than the last, but the collaborative, supportive environment at Mayne Wetherell means you’re never discouraged from asking questions. Your summer at Mayne Wetherell isn’t a three-month taster, it’s the first three months of your legal career, which is reflected in the firm’s investment in your development and involvement in the firm’s transactions.
I started at Mayne Wetherell as a graduate without doing a summer clerkship and was impressed with the firms supportive working environment that allowed me to feel at ease from my first day. Mayne Wetherell invests in its people from the start of their careers’ through a comprehensive training program and detailed explanation of transactions. The non-hierarchal structure and open plan office allows juniors to interact daily with partners and be involved in multiple transactions with different people. This collaborative environment allows you to be involved in a range of interesting and challenging transactions as a junior which is beneficial at the beginning of your career.
In my first year at Mayne Wetherell, I have been involved in transactions that are some of the most complex in the market. As we operate as one team, I have gained exposure to both the corporate and finance elements of a transaction. This has resulted in not only a breadth of legal knowledge but has also taught me think both practically and commercially.
Over a decade on, with our reputation firmly entrenched, I am particularly proud that we continue to offer our staff a consistent diet of high-quality work. I believe our workflow is testament to the calibre of lawyers that the Mayne Wetherell model produces and our spread of alumni at magic circle and top US firms is recognition of our firm’s success on the global stage.
Laurie has extensive experience in all areas of banking and finance and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most experienced banking and financing practitioners. Laurie is recognised by the International Financial Law Review as an expert consultant in the area of restructuring and insolvency. Laurie also featured in the 2014/2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand in the practice area of finance.
Having worked in the UK at a magic circle law firm and returned to Mayne Wetherell, I have found that, whilst being smaller, Mayne Wetherell attracts top quality clients and legal work – and provides juniors with the support of easily accessible and highly experienced partners. It is an excellent platform from which to move into an overseas legal role, an excellent place to return to and is filled with people of the highest calibre.
Dan is recognised by Chambers Global as a notable practitioner and has been recognised by the Legal 500 for his banking and finance work. Dan has also been named as the New Zealand winner in the category of securities & structured finance in the International Client Choice Guide. Dan advised Deutsche Bank, KKR and Varde on financing their $8bn acquisition of GE’s Australia and New Zealand consumer finance business. This transaction won international deal of the year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards and debt deal of the year at the 2016 Australasian Law Awards
Mayne Wetherell operates differently from other law firms. In contrast to large law firms, we do not operate separate corporate (equity) and finance (debt) departments. Having two distinct teams for such intimately intertwined areas of law is artificial – and results in unwanted bureaucracy and unnecessary specialisation.
All our lawyers are trained, and have experience, in both equity and debt related matters. We believe this leads to a greater understanding of the interplay between the various aspects of our clients’ transactions and a better overall service to our clients as a result.
Mei is recognised by the International Financial Law Review, Legal 500 and Chambers Global for her banking and finance work. Mei is also consistently recognised as one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders.
Mayne Wetherell has no separate teams for different practise areas and that ideology combined with our open plan office means that from your first day as a summer clerk, you are involved in important conversations, interesting transactions and work with a wide range of people. The work you will do is varied and interesting, ranging from corporate to finance and even touching on other areas of law.
From my first day at Mayne Wetherell, I was welcomed into the firm as if it was the first day of my career. The open plan office space allowed for collaborative working and regular interaction with all members of the firm. As there are no set teams, I had the opportunity to work on both the corporate and finance aspects of complex and interesting transactions. Mayne Wetherell is the perfect place to start your legal career.
Our summer clerk programme has been designed to provide a real practical experience and introduction to Mayne Wetherell. As a summer clerk you will gain valuable experience working directly with our clients. This will include some of New Zealand’s most high profile and complex corporate and finance transactions.
These are experiences which we always look forward to sharing with our new summer clerks each year.
An experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, Matthew’s expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, and overseas investment. Matthew is also an established specialist in M&A W&I insurance, acting for all major insurers operating in the Australasian market.
Matthew has been recognised for his work in the corporate and M&A area in the Legal 500 and is recognised by the International Financial Law Review as a rising star.
Accepting a position at Mayne Wetherell guarantees you the best possible start to your legal career. Every member of our team will take an active role in your development and you will very quickly be exposed to a wide range of top-quality work. My progression from graduate, to being entrusted with some of the largest and most significant transactions in the New Zealand market, is a direct result of the investment by the firm in my development and the trust and confidence shown in me.
Cameron has extensive experience across a range of banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, structured finance and project finance.
Cameron has been recognised by Legal 500 in the banking and finance practice area.
Mayne Wetherell provides me with opportunities that are simply incomparable among my peers. I genuinely believe that no other firm will make you better faster.
From the outset of my career, the firm provided training and mentoring that quickly saw me running transactions and dealing directly with clients and partners from other firms. The firm’s core practice areas complement my background in finance and economics and satisfy my hunger for transactional, investment bank style work.
Michael has extensive experience across a range of corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on M&A, private equity, listed company takeovers and equity capital markets.
Put simply, Mayne Wetherell provides you with the best of both worlds. Lawyers at Mayne Wetherell are afforded the opportunity to work on and contribute to some of the most complex corporate and finance transactions in the Australasian market. At the same time, the size of the firm fosters a tight-knit culture and direct investment from all levels of the firm in each solicitor’s professional development. The engaging work and fantastic social atmosphere make Mayne Wetherell the ideal place to commence your legal career.
Throughout my career at Mayne Wetherell I have been given the opportunity to lead a broad range of high-profile and market-leading transactions. Being given the responsibility to manage and drive these deals as part of a well-supported team has allowed me to progress further, be promoted earlier and gain better career prospects than would have been possible in another firm. Mayne Wetherell’s focus on transactional work means you will become a much more well-rounded lawyer as you gain expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance work and develop a broad understanding of the commercial drivers behind these transactions.
Having started my career at another larger law firm, I can appreciate the unique opportunities of Mayne Wetherell. The variety of work, specialised training and focus on professional development are what sets Mayne Wetherell apart in the market. The small size of the firm, combined with the complex and unique transactions that we act on, means that our junior lawyers are exposed to interesting, market-leading work from day one.
Mayne Wetherell combines all the benefits of a large firm with those of a small one. Mayne Wetherell fosters a collaborative environment in which every person is valued. The people at the firm are kind and supportive and take a genuine interest in your personal and professional development.
There are no teams, meaning you will work on a wide variety of transactions and with a range of different people. This is extremely valuable during the early stages of your legal career.
Mayne Wetherell provides its lawyers the opportunity to work on ground-breaking and interesting work within a small firm environment. Having recently made the move to Mayne Wetherell I have been immediately impressed by the collaborative one-team approach. I believe Mayne Wetherell would be a great place to start your legal career.
After beginning my legal career at a much larger law firm, joining Mayne Wetherell has allowed me to appreciate the unique opportunities that the firm offers. The small size of the firm and the emphasis on the ‘one team’ culture ensures that our junior lawyers are called upon to work on a wide range of corporate and financing transactions. What I have enjoyed the most is the underlying culture that embraces staff wellbeing with a strong focus on individual development – all of which makes Mayne Wetherell the perfect place to begin your journey in the legal industry.
Our choice to establish an open plan office was deliberate, and it has created a collaborative and collegial environment that encourages discussion and collective thought.
Discussions often spring up in the middle of the office, with juniors and seniors alike throwing in their two cents’ worth. There’s nothing better than seeing a graduate chipping in on these conversations – we love it that Mayne Wetherell cultivates this level of confidence, enthusiasm and blue-sky thinking.
Will has been recognised by Chambers Global as a notable practitioner, the Legal 500 as a leading individual and the International Financial Law Review as highly regarded, in both banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency. Will has also been recognised by Best Lawyers as the lawyer of the year in leveraged buyouts and as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency by Asialaw.
Our young lawyers represent the future of our firm; so we hand pick the top law students from around New Zealand to join us for summer clerkships. We look for students who not only have a strong academic transcript but who have the raw talent to excel as an adviser to, and leader in, the business world. That doesn’t mean our young lawyers must have studied commerce at University – but successful applicants are typically interested in major transactions in the market.
Dave has consistently been recognised by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and the International Financial Law Review as a leading individual in banking and finance. This includes being recognised as the sole “Star Individual” in New Zealand for both 2017 and 2018 in the area of banking and finance. Dave is also recognised as a leading lawyer in capital markets, corporate and M&A and restructuring and insolvency by AsiaLaw. Dave is the only New Zealand practitioner to receive recognition (twice) in Euromoney’s Best of the Best (top 30 in the world) in securitisation and structured finance.