At Simpson Grierson we like that everyone is different. We encourage you to bring your whole-self to work as we believe that diversity enhances our business.
Our focus is to ensure Simpson Grierson is a place where people are given every opportunity to succeed on their merits. Diversity alone is not enough. We want our people to feel included with a sense of belonging and purpose to be comfortable expressing ideas, sharing experience and contributing knowing their input is valued.
We have numerous initiatives to make this a reality including:
• comprehensive flexible working polices for all people
• first class technology systems which allow full access to remote working anywhere
• active support of our internal communities through our ‘Find your people’ networks
• a comprehensive wellness programme which includes monthly topics such as parenting issues and health and well-being
• paid parental leave for both men and women
• gender equality across remuneration and leadership development
• internships for students from Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu iwi, and through the Tupu Toa programme
We look after our people and work hard to create a welcoming and safe workplace environment. Our comprehensive wellbeing programme has a strong emphasis on positive mental health, and provides the tools and resources for our people to achieve balance, connect with each other, and thrive.
Our people have flexibility of their role, their leave, their day and their place:
• We offer flexible work hours, including a leave of absence, part-time work, job-sharing and leave without pay
• Our ‘Dress for your day’ approach allows you to be flexible with what you wear to work, based on your work activities each day (formal/smart casual attire)
• ‘SG day’ - an additional day of leave
• We offer flexi leave - allowing you to acquire additional annual leave
• We offer immediate recognition rewards when we just can't thank you enough for the work you've done
We have many initiatives and resources that help our people maintain or improve their wellbeing while at work and home, including:
• Regular seminars and workshops (mindfulness, resilience, sleep, first aid)
• Discounted health insurance schemes, access to occupational therapists, and gym facilities or membership subsidies
• Free flu vaccinations
• Dinners and taxis are available if you work late
• Support is made available for those who may be experiencing domestic violence
• We provide access to an Employee Assistance Programme (an independent company that provides free-of-charge professional confidential counselling for staff and their immediate whanau)
• We offer generous sick leave
Connecting with people helps to strengthen and broaden social networks, and it’s really important for our wellbeing. We support this at Simpson Grierson by:
• Having a dedicated social committee that arrange a wide range of sporting and social activities, including monthly drinks and monthly lunchtime events
• Regularly participate in awareness days and activities (Pink Shirt Day, Steptember, Mental Health Awareness Week)
• We are Whanau friendly, including; a children's Christmas party, colouring competitions, coffee group and parents’ network
A central part of our commitment to be energetic for change, is investing in the future of New Zealand’s communities - helping them to grow and thrive.
Our pro bono partner, Shan Wilson, leads and implements our efforts to deliver practical, hands on support for people and organisations, helping to make a positive difference.
We recognise some people and groups within the community face difficulties accessing legal advice. Our pro bono practice, led by Shan Wilson, assists disadvantaged and low-income members of the community, through the organisations that support them, to gain access to legal advice and justice.
A number of our staff attend the Auckland and Wellington Community Legal Centres each year (since 2013), to assist with the provision of legal advice.
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Our Community Report [PDF] highlights the great community organisations we work with. The particular focus of our volunteer activity and charitable contributions is for organisations working with youth and helping them develop their full potential. We are proud to have long-term partnerships with several organisations, including:
Youthline (since 2004) assisting with their mission to foster leadership and personal skills in young people
Orakei School (Since 2003) weekly mentoring programme for Year 8 students
Waikato-Tainui (since 2018) annual scholarship supporting tribal members studying law
Tupu Toa (since 2016) supporting Māori & Pasifika graduates to fulfil their corporate career aspirations
Simpson Grierson is a net zero carbon organisation certified in line with international best practice. We received our Toitū carbonzero (CertTM) certification in September 2020, demonstrating that our carbon footprint, emission reductions and offsets have been independently verified in line with ISO 14064-1 and the GHG Protocol. We have a long term strategy to reduce emissions intensity by a minimum of 5% per year on average over the next 5 years.
In addition to applying sustainability principles to our day-to-day activities, we also provide commercially-sound legal advice on climate change matters, and the business impacts of transitioning towards a low carbon future, through our leading climate change practice.
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Every team member is key to our success, so we work hard to ensure talent is recognised and developed, no matter what their role. We provide a wide range of learning and development opportunities to ensure we are all ‘At our Best’. There is a strong focus on the development of leadership and management skills, specifically coaching and feedback. Most importantly, everyone has the opportunity to have regular informal ‘check-ins’ with their managers to see how they’re tracking.
Starting a new job, learning new systems, and meeting new people can be overwhelming. So on day one you will receive a tailored orientation programme designed to help you transition seamlessly into your new role. Your Haere Mai programme is made up of short training sessions spread over a number of weeks. It also includes introducing you to our key policies and procedures, and linking you into like-minded people via our Yammer Groups. By the end of your programme you will know who we are and how we do things, but more importantly, you will feel warmly welcomed and connected.
We believe in life-long learning at Simpson Grierson. You will have the opportunity to build your skills and knowledge in multiple different ways. From attending a variety of workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars and podcasts on everything from technical legal topics to business skills and health and wellbeing topics. We also have a generous study support policy that allows you to complete undergraduate or post graduate study for your current or future roles. Support includes time off to attend lectures, study leave days, and some reimbursement of fees.
We also encourage lawyers to undertake postgraduate study overseas. We may provide financial assistance, leave of absence, and, where appropriate, a referral to an overseas law firm for work experience.
Every year a small group of senior staff are invited to take part in the firm's leadership programme, 'Good to Great'. This programme provides exceptional professional and personal insights and development opportunities that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
We also have a mentoring programme that supports the career development of our high performing staff and junior staff by fostering relationships with more experienced partners and senior lawyers.
It’s a promise we make to our people, our clients, and New Zealand. Put simply, it means our best future is in helping you shape yours. Supporting your success, creating great outcomes, and investing in long-term relationships.
At Simpson Grierson you’ll tackle challenging and varied work, including projects of national significance, alongside some of the most respected lawyers in New Zealand. You’ll also shape the way you work, receive great support and training, and enjoy fantastic opportunities to succeed and grow.
"At Simpson Grierson we put people at the centre of what we do, whether you are a member of our team or one of our clients.
It's a great place to grow your skills and be part of supporting some of New Zealand's leading companies and government organisations."
We like that people are different and know that diversity enhances what we do. That’s why we strive to give everyone a sense of inclusion, belonging, and recognition, so you can be comfortable expressing your individuality, contributing new ideas and delivering your best work.
Our values, putting people first, at our best and energetic for change, underpin a supportive culture where everyone is empowered to innovate, succeed, and deliver outstanding results for our clients and community.
We prioritise wellbeing and build healthy relationships based on mutual respect, trust and integrity.
We have a culture of inclusion and belonging, and flexible working options that encourage and foster an innovative corporate environment.
Our comprehensive THRIVE programme puts an emphasis on personal wellbeing and mental health.
We seek out, embrace and invest in positive change that benefits our people, clients and communities.
Our In-house team embeds practical innovation throughout the firm – including upskilling team members through our Innovation Capability Programme.
We have long-term community partnerships, including Youthline (since 2004) and Orakei School (since 2003); and a pro bono practice aimed at delivering hands-on, practical legal assistance that makes a positive difference for low-income and disadvantaged members of the community.