Hannah Atkinson

Summer Clerk, Mayne Wetherell

I didn’t expect to be as immediately or heavily involved in the firm’s transactions. From day one, I felt like I was a valued member of the team and was making a genuine contribution.  

What team/teams did you clerk in this summer? 

Mayne Wetherell does not have separate teamsAs such, I was able to work on a variety of deals across different practice areasWorking with different partners and senior lawyers gave me great insight into different styles of practice and approaches that can be taken to solve our clients’ legal issues. The summer gave me great insight into what life would be like as a graduate at Mayne Wetherell. 

What do you enjoy most about working at Mayne Wetherell?   

The thing I enjoyed most about Mayne Wetherell was the opportunity to be involved in work that was engaging and genuinely interesting, while feeling like I was being supported and mentored to achieve my best. From day one, I was welcomed into the firm and brought onto live transactions. My teammates were great at giving me the full picture and explaining what we were trying to achieve, which meant that I was able to make a meaningful contribution. I enjoyed the open plan office which meant I was constantly immersed in discussions about transactions. I believe that this challenging and supportive environment will assist with my future development. 

What challenges did you face at Mayne Wetherell?    

The most challenging part was being immediately involved in significant transactions where the work I was given had real consequences for the firm’s clients. This meant absorbing lots of information and being pushed with increasingly complex tasks. While I felt challenged, there was never a time when I did not feel like I could reach out for support. In addition, everyone at Mayne Wetherell is encouraged to ask questions and I never felt discouraged from doing so.    

What makes Mayne Wetherell unique? 

Mayne Wetherell is unique in the way it combines the benefits of a big firm with those of a smaller firm. Summer clerks are involved in a diverse range of complex and high-profile transactions, which, combined with the supportive, collaborative and people -focused environment, fosters a great environment for professional growth. There was a real sense of community within the firm and I felt like everyone was invested in my learning and development.   

What are the social opportunities like at Mayne Wetherell? 

There are many social opportunities available at Mayne Wetherell, including welcome function, Friday afternoon BBQ’s, the Christmas function and regular coffee catch upsEveryone is keen to get involved and have fun, which provides a great opportunity to get to know the team outside of a work context. The kitchen is the social hub of the firm, where the table tennis table is regularly in use and music or the TV is playing. I felt like I had a chance to build meaningful relationships with my teammates – I never felt like I was just there for the Summer.

What surprised you about working at Mayne Wetherell? 

I was surprised by the variety in work we were tasked with  you never knew what you would be assigned when going into a briefing on a new matter. I also didn’t expect to be as immediately or heavily involved in the firm’s transactions. From day one, I felt like I was a valued member of the team and was making a genuine contribution. Finally, I was surprised how non-hierarchical the firm was. I felt just as comfortable asking questions to the partners or my graduate buddy.  

What has been your favourite experience of working at  Mayne Wetherell? 

There are several experiences that stand out, but one of my favourite experiences was assisting with a transaction from inception to completion. From attending an initial conference call with the client, to assisting with closing, I was involved in the entire process. During this process, it was particularly interesting to see how law and business operate together. Another highlight was working on a deal spanning multiple jurisdictions. It was interesting to collaborate with lawyers from around the world  

“Our young lawyers are involved in stimulating, high profile projects that require bespoke legal solutions and advice. Our specialist practice allows us to provide our lawyers with a quality of experience and a level of remuneration which is unsurpassed in the market.” 

About the firm

Mayne Wetherell is a premier specialist corporate and finance legal practice in New Zealand. We regularly act on ground breaking transactions where creativity, collaboration and an in-depth commercial understanding of our client’s business is required. 

Our clients are deal makers who want practical, commercially minded solutions to their problems. They seek us out for our commercial approach to the delivery of complex legal advice and our commitment to quality of service. Our focus on delivering practical solutions ensures that our young lawyers develop business acumen and problemsolving skills to complement their legal expertise. 

It is the combination of legal expertise with astute business judgement that distinguishes our alumni on the world stage. In the competitive international job market, Mayne Wetherell alumni continue to secure jobs in top international law firms, companies and banks – a testament to our reputation as a market leader in corporate and finance law. 

Working at the firm

Operating as a single team, Mayne Wetherell’s solicitors have exposure to all areas of law which underpin business transactions. Our focus is our clients’ most sophisticated and complex transactional work. This means that our young lawyers are involved in stimulating, high profile projects that require bespoke legal solutions and advice. Our specialist practice allows us to provide our lawyers with a quality of experience and a level of remuneration which is unsurpassed in the market. 

Our clients include New Zealand, Australian and multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity funds, including 2degrees, ANZ, ASB, Auckland International Airport, Bank of New Zealand, Deutsche Bank, Fonterra, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Macquarie, Pacific Equity Partners, Quadrant Private Equity, Transpower, UBS and Westpac. 

We invest significant time and effort into training and developing our lawyers to ensure that they have the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to surpass our clients’ expectations. For our solicitors, this is the key to driving individual growth and professional development. Time and again, the opportunities provided to our solicitors and associates result in them progressing at a faster rate than their peers at other firms.

Website:  https://maynewetherell.com/careers/
Email: recruitment@maynewetherell.com 

Junior Solicitor

Hannah Mackenzie