You will find working at Kensington Swan a rewarding and unique experience. As well as working with great people in a collaborative environment, we focus on acknowledging the contribution you make, and ensure you are provided with benefits that support both your work and personal life.

Remuneration and benefits

The opportunity at all levels to work with a great team, doing challenging work for high-profile clients is a reward in itself. The range of benefits you'll find at Kensington Swan goes well beyond this including:

  • Free legal advice (annual cap)
  • Study fees and paid leave for approved courses and post-graduate study
  • Discounted premiums on medical insurance
  • Discounted mortgage rates
  • Discounted banking and credit card rates
  • Free car-parking after hours and in the weekend in Auckland

We also offer a number of lifestyle benefits including:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • An extra paid holiday for Kensington Swan Day
  • Dedicated wellness programme, including EAP Services, health insurance scheme, and several wellness-oriented initiatives
  • Graduation leave to celebrate academic achievement
  • Referral payments for introducing talented candidates
  • Regular social events, including Friday night drinks, sporting and charity events, annual balls, family Christmas parties, and an end of year function
  • Meditation
  • Yoga classes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Casual Friday


Diversity and Inclusion

For us, diversity is about inclusion, respect, and showing a commitment to all our people. We celebrate and value that everyone is different, and we are proud of this.

We have a history of strong female participation and 39% of our partners are women (as at January 2020). This has enabled us to broaden our understanding of what high-performing employees look like, reflecting positively for our people, and our clients, who benefit enormously from a broader skill-set.

We are committed to creating a culture that is supportive, inclusive, and celebrates diversity.

  • Unconscious bias training
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Internal and external presentations by a range of speakers on gender and diversity topics 
  • Tuia Te Muka Tangata, our te reo and tikanga Maori strategy, promotes and encourages a diverse and multi-talented workplace.  In recognition of our work towards the strategy, the Firm was a finalist in the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori category of Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2017
  • A range of activities and events to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Asian Culture Awareness month
  • To encourage and facilitate the use of te reo Māori, lessons are offered to all employees.
  • Diversity survey, which aims to address areas that we are doing well in, and areas that have room for improvement
  • Signatories to the NZLS Gender Equality Charter and adopters of the Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction policy.

We are committed to gender diversity and this is reflected in our promotion statistics:

  • 80% of our associate promotions in 2019 were women
  • 100% of our senior associate promotions in 2019 were women
  • 67% of our promotions to special counsel in 2019 were women
  • 67% of our partner promotions/ appointments in 2019 were women

Gender neutral working parents’ policy including:

  • 18 weeks paid parental leave for the primary care-giver
  • Flexibility in the timing of parental leave payments
  • Three weeks of time-off for the secondary care-giver with flexibility over two years on the timing of this leave
  • Flexible return to work hours and flexible transition to parental leave
  • Mentoring
  • Annual leave accrued at full-value



What our people say


"I joined Kensington Swan because of the firm’s great clients and the fantastic opportunities to grow my career.  I work with talented people all striving to do our best for clients – there is a great sense of team here.  The firm is also very accommodating of different working styles and celebrates its diversity." - Nicky McIndoe, Partner


"I joined KS because of the firm culture. The people at KS are welcoming, supportive and talented! This makes the transition to full time work easy. As a law grad, I have been given challenging and interesting work. I have enjoyed being involved in big projects from start to finish, and being given responsibility early on.  KS is committed to providing excellent and pragmatic advice to its clients. It’s a pleasure to be part of a team that is committed to its clients, and working alongside such high calibre lawyers." - Jessica Taylor, Solicitor


“Having come from a large firm, I have found that I still work on challenging and complex infrastructure projects at KS but am enjoying working in a friendly and collaborative environment. In my experience KS does enable people to succeed.” - Marija Batistich, Partner


“My summer clerkship was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. Kensington Swan is incredibly supportive and inclusive, and I felt comfortable and a part of the firm very quickly. The summer delivered everything I expected and more. I have been amazed at the supportive environment Kensington Swan provides, both professionally and personally. I would return in a heartbeat.” - Steph Collins, Summer Clerk


“Kensington Swan was a fantastic firm to experience my summer clerkship. I was given the opportunity to show my practical legal skills immediately. The firm also gave me the ability to balance my work, study and professional sporting commitments all at once. It is my view that there are few firms that would be able to accommodate athletes or students with other aspirations outside of the office. This is one example of Kensington Swan ‘living its values’; they are consistent from the moment you walk in the door…They deliver on what they promise, and most importantly they strive to help you succeed within the firm. In all regards, I can assure you KS delivers above and beyond expectations.” - Jacob Smith, Law Graduate


“After completing my summer clerkship with KS, I couldn’t wait to return as a law graduate. I have really enjoyed coming back into an environment where every face is a friendly one and where I can still pursue my passions outside of law. KS supported me taking time off work to compete overseas in mooting and continues to provide me with interesting and challenging work experiences.”  - Amelia Watson, Solicitor


For a confidential discussion about any of our current legal and non-legal opportunities, or for a copy of the position description, please call Katy Lloyd on +64 9 375 1139.

Katy Lloyd

Katy Lloyd

Senior HR Advisor