Now Hiring

Associate/Senior Associate seeking partnership opportunities 

Now Hiring

Associate/Senior Associate seeking partnership opportunities 

An opportunity has arisen within our Queenstown office, for an experienced solicitor, with aspirations to grow towards Partnership.

Are you ready for the move?


AWS Legal has a long and proud history in the Central Otago and Southland market. We enjoy supporting really great clients, who provide us with enormously varied and interesting work, and lots of it! 

We are now in search of a key team member, to help us plan for future growth, and provide much needed succession within our Queenstown team. Our ideal candidate will be actively pursuing a pathway, aimed at achieving Partnership within the firm, so we’re looking for someone with both flair and leadership capability, as well as considerable legal expertise.

About the role:

The role has a significant focus on property, subdivisions, leasing and commercial transactions generally.  A number of our Queenstown-based clients have national reach. As a result, the work portfolio comprises a number of challenging and exciting projects. 

The successful candidate would work alongside our Partners and Consultants with a concentration to deliver outstanding service, to a smaller number of high value clients.

Given the nature of work available, the opportunity for the right candidate to shine, is unlimited.   Success in the role, will determine future standing and seniority within the firm.

Skills and Experience

  • Ideally seeking a minimum of 7+ years’ PQE. (Less experienced candidates welcome to apply.)
  • Commercially astute and client focussed.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Ability to build and manage strong client relationships.
  • Proven track record in successfully advising clients on matters relating to property, and commercial structures.
  • Some sub-division experience would be a significant advantage.

Work with the best

Our Queenstown office is run by Partner Haydon Cunninghame and Consultant Alan Harper.

Haydon Cunninghame’s areas of practice include residential and commercial property transactions, leasing, subdivision, company restructures, and the sale and purchase of businesses. Haydon acts for a number of property developers, small to medium sized businesses, and many individual clients throughout New Zealand and Internationally. He particularly enjoys assisting clients to achieve their desired outcomes, whether that be the purchase of their first home, completion of a property development/subdivision, or a complex commercial transaction.

Alan Harper is an experienced commercial lawyer who acts for a wide range of private, corporate, business and overseas clients He specialises in commercial, property, investor category immigration, and trusts. With over 42 years experience in the legal sector he has built up extensive knowledge of local conditions, and developed close relationships with the business community and local government.

Apply Now

A career with AWS Legal means being an integral part of a broad, well-established and exciting team. This opportunity will provide you with access to quality clients, talented lawyers and provide stimulating work with partners who are visible and motivated. If this sounds like an opportunity you have been waiting for, we want to hear from you.

For more information and a confidential discussion, please contact Sheena Naughton – People and Capability Manager, on 027 246 6000 or or apply now using the form below.

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