Summer clerk profiles
Mali Bongers, Auckland summer clerk 2014/2015
My summer at the brand new Auckland office was a great experience all-around. From the very beginning of the recruitment process the staff at Anderson Lloyd were friendly and approachable. The atmosphere in the open plan office was encouraging and it fostered collaboration and camaraderie between the different divisions. I had opportunities to work closely with everyone in the office, including the partners, on diverse matters ranging from PPP projects to commercial acquisitions and corporate finance. I was involved in all stages of the projects, from performing precursory due diligence all the way through to getting large commercial deals over the finish line, and there was no shortage of variety. Whenever I had questions or was unsure of anything there was always somebody I could approach for advice. The team at Anderson Lloyd was incredibly welcoming and I really enjoyed getting to know them at all the social events, and getting to have regular video calls with the other summer clerks around the country was an added bonus. One of the more memorable events from my summer clerkship was the Christmas trip to Waiheke Island.
Overall, my summer clerkship provided me with invaluable insight into the legal profession and taught me a great deal. I wholeheartedly recommend a summer at Anderson Lloyd as an excellent start to a legal career.
Mali joined the firm as a solicitor in February 2015.
Tanya Young, Auckland summer clerk 2014/2015
Summer clerking gives you an experience that is priceless, in that you can finally take law out of the lecture theatre and see how it really works in practice. Spending this time with Anderson Lloyd gave me the best of two worlds, where I could enjoy the closeness and personal feel of a boutique firm whilst taking advantage of the expertise and breadth of a national practice with offices in Dunedin, Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. To begin with, we were flown to Dunedin (my first ever visit!) for our two-day induction and the chance to meet our entire head-office team as well as all the other summer clerks, before I returned to Auckland for the rest of my summer.
I was lucky to be a part of the Commercial team which has this amazingly collaborative team dynamic and where legal work takes on the positive focus of helping business clients achieve strategic, forward-looking goals. I was involved in a variety of projects which included research, drafting, due diligence tasks, reviewing contracts and observing client meetings. The team obviously love what they do and have a huge sense of drive and commitment but also retain a great sense of fun, making them great to get to know socially. Being in a light, vibrant, open-plan office, the partners worked alongside juniors and everyone else in between, and it was always really easy to approach anyone at all for support and advice.
I have loved my experience with Anderson Lloyd and consider my time with them the perfect start to a career in law.
Tanya will be joining the firm as a solicitor in November 2015.
Jess van der Kaag, Christchurch summer clerk 2-014/2015
My summer clerkship at Anderson Lloyd wasn’t what I expected. The prospect of a nationally-recognised firm with a more personal feel appealed to me, and I thought the summer clerkship would be a great opportunity to see if it would be a good fit. Every law student has heard the horror stories of hours spent photocopying, being delegated streams of meaningless research tasks, and learning to take your place at the bottom of the corporate ladder, so it was hard to anticipate what I was in store for.
Needless to say it was far from what I expected. I hit the ground running with client meetings, court appearances, and quality time spent with partners all within the first couple of weeks. Not only was I treated as a valued member of the Christchurch team, but I was delegated actual responsibility and was always being challenged. I had rotations in the resource management, litigation and commercial teams, and enjoyed the opportunity to have a taste of each area.
What impressed me the most was the exposure I got to such a variety of legal work, whether it was drafting letters for top tier corporates or attending mediations for employment disputes, I really got to see it all. I was involved in projects from the first client meeting to the final resolution, and everyone in the team was willing to answer my numerous questions along the way.
In terms of the rewarding opportunities it provides, Anderson Lloyd stands head and shoulders above the rest and I highly recommend choosing this firm for your summer clerkship.
Jess will be joining the firm as a solicitor in May 2016.