Careers at Hesketh Henry

Initiative, excellence, teamwork and team spirit

"Centres of excellence in a culture that is open, inclusive, dynamic and fair"

Hesketh Henry – A 5-star Employer of Choice

Hesketh Henry is proud to have been recognised as one of New Zealand’s best firms to work for in the NZ Lawyer 5-Star Employer of Choice list for 2023.

Hesketh Henry has low staff turnover relative to industry benchmarks. The major attraction of working with us is the range of demanding and varied work. Staff work autonomously with appropriate supervision and good training.

Our people consider they work in a friendly positive culture. They also consider there is support for helping people find the right fit at work and the optimum balance of work and life.

We have a well-established client base with a cross-section of corporate and private clients, nationally and internationally. We are a full service law firm and all our solicitors have the opportunity to work with partners on challenging, cutting edge transactions and areas of law.

We encourage individuals to develop their potential in a collaborative environment. This means that individual initiative and excellence is underpinned by teamwork and team spirit.

Working at Hesketh Henry is much more than simply a professional career. A thoroughly professional environment with ongoing training, close supervision and supportive leadership is enhanced by policies that promote a healthy balance between work and life commitments.

Summer clerkship programme for senior law students

Are you a penultimate university student with an eye on the future? Our summer clerkships offer you a chance to experience hands-on work in litigation and one other discipline. We only bring in as many summer clerks as we need for the graduate positions in the following year. Applications open early March.

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Ongoing professional development

Our comprehensive training programme is prepared annually. Our programmes provide:

  • Continuing legal education seminars;
  • New solicitor workshops on a variety of areas of the law;
  • Personal development seminars, team seminars and workshops;
  • Training in new technology; and
  • All teams have regular meetings. Partners are easily accessible and work is often delegated directly by partners to junior staff.


Current opportunities

If you would like to explore a career opportunity with us then we are definitely interested in talking to you, even if a position is not listed.

Senior Associate - Construction

We are looking for a senior lawyer to join our busy and high performing construction team. We work on some of the most high-profile construction disputes in the industry and are highly ranked in leading international directories.

We operate a flat structure meaning you will directly work with and receive mentoring from our partners, and gain significant client contact. We have some exciting matters in the pipeline including substantial infrastructure issues, time and cost claims on commercial builds, as well as contractual and negligence disputes. You will quickly be exposed to all types of dispute resolution forums, including adjudication, mediation, arbitration, as well as High Court proceedings.

You will have ambition and a willingness to learn and deliver excellent results for our clients. Ideally you will have developed expertise in a range of disputes and be familiar with conducting mediations, arbitrations, and High Court proceedings. Construction experience (either contentious or front end) would be beneficial.

Working with our four construction partners, we offer a supportive environment for you to flourish. We encourage individuals to reach their potential where initiative and excellence is underpinned by teamwork to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

If this sounds like a role for you please email your covering letter and CV, together with your academic transcript to

What our people are saying

Don’t just take our word for it, see what members of our team are saying.

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Ben Hickson
"I re-joined Hesketh Henry after working abroad for many years. The firm has an excellent reputation and an impressive track record advising top New Zealand and international businesses - which translates to real opportunities for career growth and development."
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Richard Chen
"I have really enjoyed working at Hesketh Henry because of the supportive team culture and variety of work that is available. The firm encourages its lawyers to take on new challenges and provides genuine opportunities for career development."
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Chante Fourie
"I started as a law graduate with Hesketh Henry just over a year ago and have really appreciated the dedication the firm has shown to the development of their junior staff. Frequent training sessions, working in close knit teams, and mentorship from some of the best in the business has opened the door to various opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise had.The culture is inclusive, friendly, and offers exactly the kind of experience a person just starting out in their legal career would want."
Alison Maelzer
"Over my 10 years at Hesketh Henry, I have greatly appreciated the flexibility, and willingness to accommodate part time hours, parental leave, and flexi-time. Everyone works hard, but the firm recognises that there is more to life than work, and encourages a sensible and balanced approach."
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Georgina Jones
"Hesketh Henry has been the perfect place to start my legal career. Having experienced life at Hesketh Henry as a summer clerk, a law graduate and now a solicitor, I can say I have been supported, nurtured and mentored throughout every stage. I feel privileged to work with some of the best lawyers in our industry and find the work is continually challenging and engaging. "

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