Working at Chen Palmer

Working at Chen Palmer is an opportunity like no other to work on the cutting edge of public law. We produce the best advice and we hire the best lawyers. But we take care of our staff – we know that they are our strength. Chen Palmer is above all a learning institution. As Confucius said: “When I hear, I forget. When I see, I remember. When I do, I understand”.

Find out what our lawyers have to say about working at Chen Palmer below.

"Working at Chen Palmer is a unique experience. We work as a team in a dynamic, fast-paced environment to deliver creative solutions to our clients. The standard of work is high and the range of problems we deal with is diverse. There is never a dull moment at Chen Palmer. We go beyond standard legal advice and take a holistic approach to the complex interface between the law and the ever changing political landscape. All our lawyers share a passion for public law and a drive to make a real difference."

"Having recently started at Chen Palmer the stand out difference is the pace and intensity of the work, as well as the broad nature of the types of issues we deal with. This makes working here high pressure but exciting and interesting – it is certainly never boring! The supportive team approach is also a fantastic part of the Chen Palmer culture and everyone pitches in together to help get the job done rather than competing amongst themselves. Everyone here is also driven to make a difference and is passionate about what they do which makes it a privilege to be able to come to work each day and contribute to that culture."

"I have never worked with such loyal, committed and smart people who are pulling together as a genuine team across a wide spectrum of expertise to help our clients. The issues are clients are dealing with are amongst the most challenging and complex in New Zealand, and the trust and confidence they put in Chen Palmer is both a great responsibility and inspirational."

"After working at a full service firm for 5 years, I joined Chen Palmer. Working at Chen Palmer is truly unique. Our desire for perfection, equality and equity sets us apart from other firms and organisations. I am required to be a true lawyer! The work we do here provokes intelligent and innovative thinking and demands diligence and commitment. Chen Palmer also attracts great people. Everyone is distinguished in their own way and has something special to offer. Together we form an outstanding team."

"Chen Palmer is a fantastic place to work and learn. We have a great team of passionate, talented and interesting people. Joining the firm as a clerk was an excellent decision for me – I have been able to work on genuinely fascinating stuff which is of real importance to New Zealand. The everyday challenges are exciting and diverse, and I have been assisted to find my niche and succeed."

"I joined Chen Palmer because I wanted to experience the thrill and excitement of working on cutting edge public law issues. I knew I would be challenged and was challenged from day one. Everyone is supportive and committed to delivering quality advice to all clients. It has been one of the best moves in my legal career and I am very fortunate to be mentored by Mai and our team of public law experts."

"Working at Chen Palmer provides some of the most unusual, challenging and rewarding work I have experienced in over 15 years in private practice. The specialist nature of our practice means that most of our work is bespoke – designed from scratch to meet a particular client’s needs and expectations. We don’t do ordinary!"

"Chen Palmer is a dynamic environment that engages in New Zealand’s most significant constitutional and public law issues on a daily basis. The Chen Palmer team is vibrant, and most of all, dedicated to advocacy and excellence. We are pushed to be our best to deliver high quality outcomes for our clients. We do this because we are committed to justice, the rule of law, and contributing to the constitutional evolution of New Zealand."

"As a recent addition to the firm, I was struck from my first day by the calibre of my colleagues and the collegial and collaborative atmosphere at Chen Palmer. Chen Palmer has its finger on the pulse of public law. The work is engaging and diverse, and I look forward to developing my legal skills in a supportive environment that prizes excellence."

"The work is diverse, fast-paced, outcomes-focused and always interesting. We are often lawyers of last resort, which requires effective and creative problem-solving. We set high standards, and take pride in our success. It is great training for a young lawyer. Mai has been a supportive and generous mentor, including supporting me in my endeavours to pursue post-graduate study in the United States."

"One of the things I enjoy the most about working at Chen Palmer are our clients. It is great helping people navigate their way through the law and translating how government works. The work is interesting and stimulating”

"Coming to work at Chen Palmer was a breath of fresh air. It’s a completely different environment from any other workplace I’ve ever been in. There is a great atmosphere amongst the team here; everyone works together to achieve results as opposed to competing against one another. One thing which is unique about Chen Palmer is the drive to go beyond providing standard legal advice. We don’t just tell clients that the law is, we can also tell them what it might be in the future and how they could go about changing it. It’s that holistic approach that keeps so many clients coming back to the firm.”

"I have been at Chen Palmer for six years, and I couldn’t be happier. There is nowhere else to practice law that combines intellectual challenge on a daily basis, the fascinating and varied client work, and the fantastic and supportive firm culture."

"I joined Chen Palmer as a law clerk and in my years here I have been challenged, supported, and inspired. I have grown as a lawyer, and been led along my way by excellent colleagues and strong firm leadership. Chen Palmer is a fantastic place to grown, learn and develop your skills as a lawyer - and it is also a place where you are given the freedom to achieve anything you set your mind to."

 

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