Senior Associate - Corporate

Enjoy life and your career.

Join a firm that offers abundant career opportunities and an enviable lifestyle, where you will be supported to achieve your own definition of success, and to a role where you can make a real impact.

Our promise to you

At MinterEllisonRuddWatts we celebrate exceptional talent, drive, energy and ambition. Join us and we promise to:

  • Support your personalised professional development
  • Create flexibility that suits you
  • Celebrate your talent
  • Care for your wellbeing

The opportunity

We are seeking a Senior Associate to join our Corporate team in Wellington. 

This is a great career progression opportunity for you to work an energised and supportive team.  This role will have an M&A focus, but you will also be involved in the other work within the team including commercial contracting and strategic corporate advisory. 

You’ll be joining one of New Zealand’s leading corporate and commercial teams. We were awarded the M&A Deal of the year in the New Zealand Law Awards 2020 and are ranked Band 1 by top legal directories – Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. You’ll be working alongside recognised leaders in their fields, and across varied industries, including government, energy, transport and logistics, health and aged care, technology, media and film. We offer the opportunity to work on some of New Zealand’s most innovative deals in the market with a friendly team of people you'll love working with.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • 7+ years’ M&A experience from another leading law firm or in-house team in corporate / commercial law
  • a desire to mentor and support junior and intermediate members of the team
  • a thirst for building relationships and rapport with clients
  • drive, enthusiasm and passion for excellence.

Team fit is also very important so, to be successful in this role, you will need to have a professional yet friendly and energetic approach.

Join us

Enjoy life without compromising your career. We are a top tier legal and business advisory firm, with offices in Auckland and Wellington. Awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year in both 2017 and 2020 by Chambers Asia Pacific, we have a proud 130 year history. Connected to an international network through the MinterEllison Legal Group, we are a New Zealand law firm with a truly global outlook and reach.

You will have an opportunity to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future.

We are passionate about helping shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future, and believe in using our collective skills, time and resources to make a positive and sustainable impact for our people, our clients, our communities, and our planet. Join us on our journey as we work towards a more sustainable future.

You will be part of a firm whose culture is built on empowerment, diversity and inclusion

Our values are embedded into everything we do. We live our value of waka eke noa by creating an environment where we all feel safe, empowered and encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work. We foster a culture that embraces individual differences and diversity of thought. Our team comes from a broad range of backgrounds, bringing a unique mix of skills and experiences. We appreciate individual cultural perspectives and understand that these differences help us to better support our clients by seeing risks and opportunities from different angles.

In 2021, the fifth consecutive year, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ commitment to progressing diversity and gender equality in the legal profession was recognised by the prestigious Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of leading women in the legal profession, as well as progressive initiatives for gender diversity, mentorship, minority women, talent management, and work-life balance.

Get in touch

If this sounds like you and you are looking for the next exciting step in your career, with a top New Zealand law firm, then apply today! Please contact Adele Holden, HR Manager on [email protected] or you can visit to apply online.

We also have several other exciting opportunities in our Auckland and Wellington offices, particularly for Construction solicitors (transactional / advisory and litigation) and NZ qualified Environment lawyers. Please get in touch if you’re interested to learn more. All applications treated in confidence.