The Power Law Firms - New Zealand

The New Zealand law market has remained strong in 2018/19 with a continued dominance from the major Power Law players and a continuation of innovation and competition from in-house legal departments, which now account for around one quarter of all practising lawyers, and the boutique law firms.

The larger firms and a significant number of small firms too, provide clerkships and internship programmes, which applicants should research and apply for across multiple firms.

The Top Tier Power Firms

Anderson Lloyd

Dunedin-based, national firm focused on growth and with an expanding Auckland base.  Read More

Bell Gully

One of the Country’s largest firms with a reputation for top-level corporate work and a  hard work culture.  Read More

Buddle Findlay

Strong firm with high growth lying just beyond the top trio.  Read More

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s most progressive and dynamic law firm. Our culture is unique Read More

DLA Piper

Part of the global group and with a strong reputation. Read More

Duncan Cotterill

We’ll take the time to really understand your interests and offer the best support for your career. Read more

Kensington Swan

we focus on acknowledging the contribution you make Read More

Lane Neave

We invest time in really understanding you so you can thrive. Read more

Meredith Connell

What makes us different (and we think better) is that we look for individuals with the right attitude. Not lawyer swagger but a genuine interest in people  Read More


The legal landscape is changing, fast. We have invested in AI and are embracing the changes  Read More

Russell McVeagh

We challenge ourselves to be leaders, not only in technical excellence, but in culture transformation in the legal industry.  Read More

Simpson Grierson

We have won a truck load of awards for our diversity practices.Read More

Tompkins Wake

We are deliberately positioned to be regionally present while working with a national focus. Read More