Litigation Solicitor – Christchurch

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We are on the lookout for a Junior to mid-level Litigator (0-5 years PQE) who wants to further develop their career in Intellectual Property, or move into IP from another field. You may be a recent graduate or have a few years’ experience in IP or commercial litigation behind you.

The role will be interesting and varied, and involve a wide range of litigation related work, including legal research, dispute resolution, preparation of court documents and submissions, preparation of evidence and assisting in discovery exercises, and providing legal advice on a wide range of issues and for many local and international businesses. You’ll enjoy client contact from an early stage.

Who we are

James & Wells is an internationally recognised privately owned Australasian firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, intellectual property experts and litigation lawyers. Our firm has experienced rapid growth across NZ and Australia and, as such, we are seeking team members to support that growth.  The firm has ambitious future growth plans, and this is a fantastic opportunity to join the firm at an early stage of that growth runway.

What we are looking for

To be the right fit, you’ll have the following attributes:

Positive, proactive and supportive team member, demonstrating high levels of initiative and energy
Strong communication skills – written and oral
Strong legal research skills
Can think critically and apply problem solving skills
Highly motivated to succeed
Expert at time management and prioritising
Strong interpersonal skills
Good attention to detail

What we can offer you

Quality work across a range of industries
Mentoring from experienced and renowned partners who are experts in their field (and wrote the leading text on intellectual property)
Fast paced environment with growth opportunities
Professional development opportunities
Collaborative and supportive culture
Modern open space office in Christchurch CBD
Paperless technology and systems
A good work/life balance
Birthday leave – take a paid day off to celebrate
FLEX Programme – flexibility to work from home one day per week, flexibility around appointments and family, flexibility to dress for the day
Social club and other office events
EAP Support

About James & Wells

With offices in New Zealand and Australia, we provide a full suite of intellectual property services in both countries as well as the Pacific Islands. Our litigation team deals with not only mainstream IP litigation (before Courts and Tribunals in New Zealand and Australia) but also broader commercial disputes for our clients.

The firm was founded 40 years ago and is owned and managed by partners who are intellectual property professionals who work within the business and who prioritise the interests of staff and clients. We offer a quality-driven environment with a relaxed, supportive, and positive culture where you can grow and feel a sense of belonging.

How to apply

Apply via SEEK with a cover letter, CV, and academic transcript. Ideally applications will be received by 8 December. Applications may be accepted until Friday, 17th December 2021, however we will interview appropriate candidates as they apply so do not wait for the deadline.

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand may apply for this position.