Mayne Wetherell provided me with an unrivalled summer clerk 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 ensured an incredible summer clerk experience.
Mayne Wetherell provides endless opportunities for young lawyers. There is a specialised training programme and your colleagues will take the time to provide detailed explanations of each transaction. The firm’s non-hierarchical structure and open office plan fosters frequent interaction with partners, allowing you to learn from some of the best in New Zealand.
I joined Mayne Wetherell as a lateral hire into a new management position, and the first thing I noticed about Mayne Wetherell is the collaborative environment of the office. Everyone at the firm, across all levels, is willing to offer assistance, mentorship, and generally chat through ideas. This collaboration is actively encouraged by the partners. Training is key to the success of the firm and this is heavily invested in by the partners. The staff at Mayne Wetherell are extremely hard working, but also embrace a fun and relaxed environment with many social events.
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. From day one, I worked on some of the firm’s most interesting and challenging transactions in the market. Staff working on those transactions were always sure to give background so that I was able to understand the role my work would play and to provide me with the opportunity to learn the financial and commercial law that applied.
The summer clerk journey at Mayne Wetherell is invaluable for the experience you have and the people you work with. I felt my career being invested in from the day I started – every single member of the firm wants to challenge and drive you to be the very best. The social atmosphere at Mayne Wetherell is extremely welcoming – the small size of the firm and the open plan office enables an opportunity to build relationships with everyone. I could not imagine a better place to begin my legal career.
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. Over my summer I never once felt lost or like I didn’t have any support. Each member of the firm explains 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 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, jam-packed social calendar, great pay and incredible offices, Mayne Wetherell was and remains an easy choice over other firms.
In my 7 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. Mayne Wetherell appeals to me as a friendly and down-to-earth firm – everyone 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 financial transactions, 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 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 has a culture of investing in its people. From your first day as a summer clerk you will be recognised as a valued member of the Mayne Wetherell team. Each member of the firm makes a concerted effort to sit down with you and explain the transactions you are involved with. There are no teams – this ensures you get a wide variety of work, allowing you to identify where your interests lie and highlight the opportunities that are available.
Mayne Wetherell provides the perfect environment for starting your legal career. The firm’s investment in 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 nature 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 comfortable and stimulating firm to be a part of.
I found my clerking experience at Mayne Wetherell to be exciting and challenging. During the summer clerk recruitment process I had the opportunity to meet the entire firm, meaning that from the very first day of my summer clerkship I knew all my colleagues and felt comfortable to approach them with my queries. I worked on challenging transactions and received constant support from all staff, who fully explained every aspect of allocated tasks and the wider transactions that those tasks contributed to.
Mayne Wetherell distinguishes itself from other top firms by training lawyers to manage and advise on complex business transactions from both a corporate and a finance perspective. On joining Mayne Wetherell, I was impressed with the confidence and competence of the firm’s junior lawyers. Operating as a single team, juniors 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 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 over my summer. The people at Mayne Wetherell are genuine, friendly and welcoming. Everyone is eager to see you learn and grow, and 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 able to work on a diverse range of corporate and finance transactions without being pigeon-holed in one area of practice. At Mayne Wetherell there is a real focus on involving juniors in all aspects of a transaction and encouraging them to take ownership of their work and build their own relationships with clients. Additionally, the open plan layout and numerous social events allow all members of the firm to interact resulting in an unparalleled opportunity to learn from lawyers of all levels. If you are after a workplace full of great people and great work, this is it.
In my first year at Mayne Wetherell alone, I 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.
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
The quality of work and opportunities to grow as a professional are the primary reasons why I pursued a role at Mayne Wetherell. Having recently transitioned from a much larger international firm, I have enjoyed seeing how Mayne Wetherell operates as a single, cohesive team. I have benefitted immediately from exposure to an array of interesting and complex transactions.
Mayne Wetherell offers a range of high-quality, interesting and challenging work. As a graduate I have felt the work I am doing is valued and that I am in the best possible environment to develop professionally and personally. While I was a summer clerk and since starting full-time, I have been exposed to both corporate and finance transactions. At every level in the firm the people are invested in training and developing confident and well-rounded lawyers. The relatively small size and full social calendar means that you will have the chance to get to know and work with a range of people as a summer clerk.
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. This meant that my knowledge and experience grew exponentially while always having someone around to answer any questions I had. As there are no set teams, I got to work on transactions of both a corporate and finance nature with any multitude of things going on within each. This not only gave me the opportunity to practice the skills I learnt in the comprehensive training sessions but also helped me fast track the development of my legal skills and knowledge in real world scenarios.
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 level work. My development from being a 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 by the partners.
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. I summer clerked at a larger law firm before moving into a graduate role at Mayne Wetherell. The difference in experience is pronounced. 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 involved in, and given the opportunity to lead, a 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 law firm, I can appreciate the unique culture and working environment of Mayne Wetherell. The quality and range of work, the learning opportunities 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 the outset.
The clerkship experience at Mayne Wetherell is incomparable. During the clerkship I was involved in a range of interesting transactions from both corporate and finance perspectives. Throughout the summer my opinion was always valued and I felt comfortable asking questions. Mayne Wetherell’s inclusive and supportive environment makes it the perfect place to undertake a clerkship.
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. As a summer clerk, I didn’t just witness the progress of large transactions – I got to experience them as part of the team. Every time I helped with a transaction, someone explained the bigger picture and then made sure I was informed and involved every step of the way. The people at Mayne Wetherell are kind and supportive. They take a genuine interest in your personal and professional development. All told, Mayne Wetherell is the perfect 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 you 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.
Mayne Wetherell provides the best opportunities a young lawyer can get. The size of the firm, the welcoming team and the calibre of work at Mayne Wetherell culminate in rapid personal and professional development. As a summer clerk, you will be exposed not only to interesting and challenging work, but also to the excellent Mayne Wetherell social environment. There is support for juniors from all levels of the firm and plenty of opportunities to get to know your peers, creating the perfect opportunity to learn and develop.