Joel Stephenson

Law Clerk, Wynn Williams

“It’s a culture that fosters a learning relationship and collegiality between staff and takes pride in doing so. I have been able to sit in on client meetings, produce work for the clients, and get feedback from partners and my Buddies.” 

What has your experience been like at Wynn Williams? 

My clerkship here has been absolutely everything I could have hoped for. I have been extremely lucky to be able to work in areas that I am really interested in, and alongside partners and their teams that are incredibly talented, and hugely experienced in what they do.

The ability to be able to try my hand at actual legal work, for real clients, has been a particular highlight

What do you enjoy most about working at Wynn Williams?   

Absolutely the people. Wynn Williams has a really good culture that is focused on fostering the young lawyers that come through the doors – whether they be clerks or graduates. Wynn Williams also has a great Buddy Programme, where we each have a team member as a buddy, we can turn to for all our questions, and any help or support that we might need. We also get high-level insight and support from partners, which really helps you improve and grow your skills.

What has been the most challenging part of working at Wynn Williams?    

As any Law student, or recent graduate, can attest, your first experience in a law firm can be really overwhelming. Knowing how to back yourself in situations can be very challenging as you’re expected to understand a lot of work you’ve never been exposed to before. The flip side at Wynn Williams is that the people make this so much easier. It’s okay to make mistakes, and you’re given the support to correct them when you do. You also are working in an environment where asking questions is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. It can be difficult at the beginning, but everyone in the team in there to support you and help grow your confidence.

What sets Wynn Williams apart from other firms? 

Wynn Williams is truly a firm that is focused on supporting the growth of their lawyers. In my time here I have been able to do real, challenging, work for real clients that I might not have had the opportunity to do at another firm. It’s a culture that fosters a learning relationship and collegiality between staff and takes pride in doing so. I have been able to sit in on client meetings, produce work for the clients, and get feedback from partners and my Buddies. At Wynn Williams you get to learn real world skills and practices, and that is invaluable.

What are the social opportunities like at Wynn Williams? 

While everyone works really hard, and to an extremely high standard, Wynn Williams also puts emphasis on the importance on social opportunities for all staff. From weekly Friday Night Work Drinks, to the Summer of Fun initiative events, and Ice cream afternoons, there is always an event on that encourages staff to take a break and gives clerks and graduates a good opportunity to meet everyone. This really speaks Wynn Williams’ focus on ensuring a good balance of work life and social life, and really makes clerks and new staff feel welcome, and a part of the Wynn Williams’ family.

What would your advice to students be who are wishing to apply to Wynn Williams

My advice to students wishing to apply is to do it! As a graduate, Wynn Williams offers the opportunity to do meaningful and real legal work in a wide range of areas. I have never once been bored and I think that is a testament to the firm’s offerings. 

“Accolades aside, we’re also known for the investment we make in tomorrow’s lawyers through partner mentoring, our ongoing professional development programme and our general collegiality.” 

An Outstanding Proposition

Wynn Williams has spent more than 160 years building its reputation as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent law firms. We are consistently recognised by the Asia-Pacific Chambers and Legal 500 for our expertise across a multitude of specialisations.

The bar we set for ourselves is not one based on size, rather one centred around achieving great outcomes for our clients. And that only comes from an expert understanding of the law, its application to real world situations and the kind of tenacity and thought leadership that achieves landmark rulings.

A Stand-Out You

As a Firm, we take a holistic view of the world. After all, achievement isn’t just driven by technical ability.

While we’re interested in the academic performance of our graduates and summer clerks, we’re equally as interested in you – your passions, your goals and the mark you want to leave on the world.

‘A’s might stand out on paper, but attitude, aspiration and inspiration stand out more.

Investing in the Lawyers of Tomorrow

Accolades aside, we’re also known for the investment we make in tomorrow’s lawyers through partner mentoring, our ongoing professional development programme and our general collegiality. We’re also pretty keen on ensuring equity of opportunity.

If we’re to truly commit to the next 160 years of the Firm, then our view is that we need to nurture the talent coming through. And that’s what we do. There’s a reason why our summer clerks return after graduation – ask around.

Unlimited Opportunity

Whatever your area of interest, we have a team ready and waiting for their next stand-out member.

As a full-service firm, we specialise in:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Local Government
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client
  • Resource Management

For more information about the firm, and how to apply please go to graduates.wynnwilliams.co.nz

Applications for graduates close 31st of March 2021.

Applications for summer clerks will open in July 2021. 

Summer Clerk

Megan Leijh