Anthony Harper

About Anthony Harper

Welcome to Anthony Harper, one of New Zealand’s longest established and most respected law firms.

When you choose Anthony Harper, you are working with an award-winning national firm steeped in 150 years of history, and committed to getting clients the results that matter most to them. Our lawyers are true specialists, bringing years of experience and deep expertise to everything they touch.

You’ll find us highly ranked in respected international law directories, and our name behind some of the most complex corporate and commercial cases and transactions of the day.

Our Summer Clerkship will provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to rotate through and fully immerse yourself in our internationally recognised practice areas, offering you the chance to do real work with real clients from the get go. 

On top of this you will have a buddy and ongoing support from a diverse team of junior and senior lawyers as well as training sessions from some of New Zealand's top legal experts.  

We understand the importance of your Clerkship and are committed to providing you with a unique developmental experience, arming you with all of the tools you need to build a solid foundation for your legal career.

Anthony Harper Overview

Our Values 

Proud to be us: our people are the heart and soul of our firm, working together in a way that makes us proud of our work.

We’ve got your back: everybody deserves support, encouragement and to have others standing behind them – we remember that when we are working with clients, our people and our communities.

Whatever it takes: we go above and beyond the every-day to get great outcomes and results we are proud to have achieved.

Upfront, honest and accountable: we are direct and transparent in the way we work with clients, one another, and the wider business community.

Think Best: many of us are experts in our field, but we are all continuously learning and working to do better, every day.

Interested in being part of one of New Zealand's leading summer law programmes, visit our website and apply today!

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What We Do

Lawyers at Anthony Harper are industry experts across key sectors and services. These are high growth areas for the national economy, and the ones to which we can add the greatest value, through our clients and the direct contributions we make. Our precision, attention to detail and clarity allows us to quickly analyse complex problems and get to the heart of the issue.
We immerse ourselves fully in your business and its legal challenges. We are genuinely interested in your passions and what drives you to succeed.
Our teams are crafted from the best practitioners in their sectors, they are true specialists. We are recognised by leading international guides and directories. Eleven of our partners are ranked as Leading Individuals, the highest possible ranking for an individual lawyer.

About You

You will most likely be in your penultimate year of law school. Whilst academic excellence is appreciated we also value life experience and a thirst for continual learning and growth. If you like to dig in and get the most out of every opportunity, you will enjoy working with us. Our hands-on, collaborative approach means you will quickly find yourself an invaluable part of the team you work with.

There will be an understanding and supportive network around you from day one including:
  • A buddy lawyer, who will be your first point of contact for any support and guidance that you need throughout the programme;
  • Partners, who will give you individual attention;
  • Friendly, experienced lawyers who will help you get the right answers;
  • Supportive legal administrators and office assistants.
It's not all about working hard, we also enjoy having fun together. During your time on the programme, our social club calendar will include Friday night drinks, the Christmas party and other fun events.

The Recruitment Process is Simple

  • Our application process goes from 10 March through to 28 March. Here's what you need to know.
  • Send us your CV, academic transcript and a covering letter. Let us know in your covering letter why you want to work for us.
  • A psychometric test – we're keen to find out more about your personality and what makes you tick, and the sort of environment you thrive in.
  • An interview - If we are lucky enough to interview you, be prepared to discuss the information in your CV. We would hope that you also have some insightful questions to ask us about Anthony Harper.
  • You'll also have the opportunity to meet us more informally and talk to our past graduates as well. We want to get to know you! We are a friendly bunch of people so we will work hard to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable.

    The Benefits

    There are many reasons to come to work for Anthony Harper. They are as varied and diverse as the people who work for us. From incredible opportunities to develop your career, to the ways we show appreciation to all staff, it’s a great choice.

    Learning and Development
    We want to invest in you and your career development by providing different learning and development opportunities.
    Alongside your ‘on the job’ coaching and development, we offer training that will support you to further develop your technical expertise as well as your interpersonal, professional and leadership skills.
    We love sharing our internal knowledge, and regularly run seminars to help further develop our people’s knowledge across our practice areas.
    We also recognise that an important part of learning and development is regular feedback. This is encouraged both through informal ‘on the job’ feedback, and through our formal performance review process.
    Work/Life balance
    Work/life balance is important to us, and we understand that people need flexibility to support their interests, their family or simply do the things they love outside of work.
    We encourage you to have a discussion with us around what flexible working could look like for you at Anthony Harper. To support you in working more flexibly, we will reimburse you up to $400 for the cost of equipment to enable a safe and functional home office set-up.
    To recognise your long service to Anthony Harper, on completion of five years’ continuous service, you will receive an additional week of annual leave each year.

    Wellness package
    • Wellbeing initiative: reimbursement of up to $500 each financial year to spend on your wellness – that could be anything from replacing your running shoes to dancing lessons.
    • Wellness seminars and workshops.
    • Weekly Pilate’s lessons in Auckland and Christchurch.
    • Flu vaccinations.
    • Access for to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
    • Individual workstation assessments.
    • Discounted medical insurance via Southern Cross.

    Social Scene
    We have a fun, friendly and open environment which not only encourages working together, but celebrating our achievements together too. We have active social clubs in both offices who organise activities like our mid year parties, wine and painting evenings, family BBQ’s, lawn bowls and other fun events.

    Employee Legal Fees
    Every calendar year you will be able to access up to $1,000 of free legal services.