Pavee Patansiri

Junior Solicitor, Meredith Connell

“The focus on employee wellbeing here is quite amazing. Meredith Connell offers flexible working, a super modern and beautiful open-plan office with lots of sunlight and greenery.” 

What kind of work have you been involved with at Meredith Connell? 

As a junior solicitor in the Crown Specialist Team, I have been involved with a wonderful variety of work including appearing at bail or sentencing hearings, being junior counsel at a trial, drafting pre-trial submissions, conducting legal research into obscure areas of law, meeting with clients or working on discovery for major commercial litigation cases. The work here is often very exciting and fulfilling.

What do you enjoy about working at Meredith Connell?   

The COVID-19 pandemic was quite the disruption to my start at Meredith Connell!  The lockdown meant not being able to see fellow graduates in the office, having to do Profs online and missing out on the plethora of social opportunities on offer. However, Meredith Connell made the lockdown a little bit more bearable through frequent online events such as a mandatory TikTok competition.  

What sets Meredith Connell apart from other firms?    

The focus on employee wellbeing here is quite amazing. Meredith Connell offers flexible working, a super modern and beautiful open-plan office with lots of sunlight and greenery, regular presentations on resilience and catered social catch-ups every Friday.

What are the social opportunities like at Meredith Connell? 

There are more social opportunities than you can shake a stick at. For example, the running club, the rugby team, the MC Rainbow Alliance, Te Tauhere Manaaki, Plastic Free MC, the book club, the craft club, the film club, the working parents’ group and more.

What has surprised you about working at Meredith Connell? 

What surprised me the most was that Meredith Connell is full of approachable and friendly people despite the often stressful nature of the work. You can always find someone around to give you a hand with anything, even the Crown Solicitor himself.

What has been your favourite experience at Meredith Connell so far? 

My favourite experience at Meredith Connell was when the firm organised a function where our families were invited to celebrate us graduates being admitted as lawyers.

What would your advice to students be who are wishing to apply to Meredith Connell? 

Don’t be afraid to be different – Meredith Connell appreciates diversity and there are so many pathways to joining the firm. Jump into something you are passionate about and the opportunities will follow. For example, I joined the Police as a Constable after finishing University – a path which eventually led me to Meredith Connell.

Solicitor

Alex Moore