Charlotte Sutton

Summer Clerk, Dentons Kensington Swan

“I was surprised by the approachable nature of people at all levels. It became apparent that this was not merely a formality and that collaboration as a value is central to the firm.” 

As a student I was apprehensive to apply to “large law firms” given the process has often been referred to as a daunting one. As it turns out, my concerns were unwarranted as the recruitment team and people in general at Dentons Kensington Swan were immensely welcoming. It was early on that I got a feel for the firms values and the emphasis that Dentons places on culture. This was what attracted me to the firm and ultimately influenced my decision to Summer Clerk at Dentons.

I knew I had made the right choice to summer clerk at Dentons on my first day. Much effort had been put into the Summer Clerks orientation and I was surprised by the approachable nature of people at all levels. It became apparent that this was not merely a formality and that collaboration as a value is central to the firm.

As a Summer Clerk you are able to stay in one rotation which was highly beneficial. Though this differs to other firms, I found it helped me to settle in and grow relationships with the team. Due to the “open door policy” that truly exists at Dentons, I was able to express interest in other practice areas and was given work that extended beyond my rotation team. The work was wide-ranging and as a keen learner, I was able to face new tasks regularly.

Everyone is given a buddy prior to starting the summer clerkship, mine in particular was amazing. Having a buddy really helped when I had questions or in my case just needing someone to talk to. Everyone was so friendly that this was not exclusive to my buddy and I made many great friends along the way.

Overall, I am immensely grateful to the team at Dentons for the experience I had as a summer clerk. I was given exposure to different practice areas and was shown that large firms can be great with people who genuinely care. I would encourage anyone interested to apply regardless of the reservations, we all have them but Dentons Kensington Swan is the place to be!

“You will gain from the exceptional opportunities to work with our quality lawyers who advise and represent clients both nationally and globally in all areas of commercial law.” 

About the firm

Dentons Kensington Swan, has the largest global reach of any law firm in New Zealand. We are a premier commercial law firm that is growing our talent and expertise. Our specialist industry knowledge benefits clients across key industry sectors, and we work at the forefront of these core areas of practice. Within these core areas, we have specialist teams of experts who are market leaders advising clients on highly complex legal challenges within their industry sector.

Working at the firm

Dentons Kensington Swan is committed to challenging the status quo and to delivering innovative solutions to our clients. We are confident about the future. We are ambitious for our clients and our people, including you. We want you to help us design and deliver tailored services, humanise the law and provide an unbeatable client experience.

You will gain from the exceptional opportunities to work with our quality lawyers who advise and represent clients both nationally and globally in all areas of commercial law. Our deep level of engagement with clients continues to attract work that not only requires excellent legal minds but an intimate understanding of clients’ needs.

Dentons Kensington Swan represents leading private and public sector organisations in New Zealand and internationally. The firm has an extensive pro bono programme and undertakes work for organisations such as Kiwis for Kiwi, the Auckland Theatre Company, and the Arts Foundation.

The firm encourages a good work/life balance by offering regular social and sporting events, a wellness programme, and flexible working arrangements. Dentons Kensington Swan’s international connections can be helpful in supporting the ambitions of a student who wishes to one-day travel or work offshore. Being part of the Dentons network provides our people with access to the extensive experience and talent of Dentons lawyers across the globe.

Opportunities for Students

Dentons Kensington Swan takes summer clerks from November through to February each year. Applications remain open all year, but we do have a focused recruitment drive in March, with interviews in April and May.

For more information visit
https://www.dentons.co.nz/en/careers/graduate-recruitment

Law Clerk

Eilish Buckley