Our culture

We strive to give all our people the best opportunities and the support they need to succeed and grow.

Our culture is based on our shared values: putting people first, working at our best and being energetic for change.

At Simpson Grierson, you’ll find an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone’s differences. We take pride in being the first organisation in Aotearoa to receive the Rainbow Tick, and are very proud of winning the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year award at the 2021 New Zealand Law Awards.

Pro bono is a big part of our culture and all of our lawyers have the chance to get involved in rewarding work with our community partners Youthline, Community Law Centres o Aotearoa and many others.

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Our Auckland summer clerks getting to know each other over coffee

Professional development programme
Join lawyers from across the firm in our wide range of masterclasses, seminars and workshops on topical and tricky legal issues. These sessions allow you to deep dive into new areas of law and hear how our experts navigate those areas. As well as the technical legal training, our summer clerk and graduate programmes also involves a ton of training in technology, personal brand, business writing, file management, and other useful skills you need to be successful in your career.

THRIVE – our wellbeing programme
Now, more than ever, it is important to put our people first by prioritising wellbeing. We have a number of initiatives in place to ensure we THRIVE, including our very own Wellbeing Manager, a calendar of speaker events and seminars, and a broad range of helpful resources, activities, and benefits. We know the importance of having a good support network at work, and have a dedicated team of Wellbeing Champions in each office. Our Wellbeing Champions are trusted colleagues who are there to lend an ear if you need, and have been upskilled in mental health awareness. We also offer access to an Employee Assistance Programme (free confidential counselling services) for our staff and their immediate family.

We want Simpson Grierson to be a place where everyone feels their voices matter, their opinions are respected, and they truly belong.

We believe diversity is important because it brings new ideas and perspectives into an organisation. It increases innovation and creativity, leading to effective problem solving and better outcomes for all.

Having a diverse organisation alone is not enough. We are also focused on ensuring we have an inclusive environment, where all of our people feel a sense of belonging and are comfortable sharing their ideas and perspectives. 

We take our responsibility to the communities we participate in seriously, and our summer clerks and grads have the opportunity to play a key role in this.

Our particular focus for community engagement is to work with youth, helping them develop their full potential. We are proud to partner with the following organisations: Youthline, Ōrākei School and TupuToa.

Through our dedicated pro bono practice (led by pro bono partner Shan Wilson) we help disadvantaged and low-income members of the community gain access to legal services, by working with non-profits such as the Auckland and Wellington Community Legal Centres. In 2020 our pro bono practice delivered:

For more details, take a look at our pro bono page.

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.

To achieve our long-term sustainability goals, we are continually looking for practical ways to reduce our environmental impact. In the past 12 months we have:

For more details, take a look at our environment page