Senior Associates - Litigation


Wilson Harle is a specialist litigation firm offering a unique blend of services and skills – the depth of litigation resource ordinarily found only at large commercial law firms, combined with the independence that comes from a focus on litigation. 

Internationally, Wilson Harle is recognised in global directories as a leading New Zealand firm in the areas of dispute resolution, public law, insurance, IT/telco and media, asset recovery, regulatory investigation, shipping and competition/anti-trust. In New Zealand, the firm has regularly been awarded Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the year. Wilson Harle is also a preferred provider to the Government on its External Legal Services panel for its expertise in litigation and dispute resolution.


Wilson Harle was established 21 years ago by partners intent on creating a collaborative culture long before this way of working came into vogue. The 5 partners and 10 lawyers work together as one team - without silos - in which everyone works on files with other partners and staff, exchanges ideas with others including those not on the file, and everyone supports one another when the challenges, volume or timeframe for work require it. Based in a historic building in Fort Street, the work space design was ahead of its time 2 decades ago, with a one level  open plan work area, and shared and quiet spaces, deliberately arranged to facilitate high contact and minimise obstacles to true collaboration.

While the firm’s work is demanding and standards for service delivery are high, the internal culture is genuinely supportive and anti-competitive. Learning and development occurs by lawyers being offered real responsibility, being surrounded by very accessible partners, and colleagues keen to contribute their views and debate ideas. Wilson Harle’s work provides exposure to all aspects of disputes from initial advice and strategy to final resolution by negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trial. There is the opportunity to work directly with clients and appear at all levels of the New Zealand court system. Naturally, excellent remuneration is offered. 


If you are a senior associate or equivalent litigation lawyer, and working with Wilson Harle interests you, then we would like to hear from you directly.  Opportunities in the team have come about due to seniors recently or shortly departing for overseas.

Ideally you will:

  • have around 7 - 10 years’ quality litigation experience (though please treat these numbers as a guide only);
  • have an inquiring mind;
  • be keen to become a “master of all trades” as you specialise across the broadest range of commercial and public dispute resolution and litigation;
  • be committed to excellence and achievement;
  • be prepared to work hard to meet client needs and to support your like-minded colleagues.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected]

Only direct applications from litigation lawyers will be accepted.