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Duncan Cotterill

4.0
  • #4 in Law
  • 100 - 500 employees

Duncan Cotterill Reviews

Based on 10 surveyed graduates working at Duncan Cotterill. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.0
Based on 10 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Feeling like I'm making good use of my degree and progressing in the profession I wanted to be in
  • We are a medium sized firm so as a graduate you get exposed to working with a broad range of clients. We have the positive attributes of smaller boutique firms, whereby you can get to know everyone in the firm on a personable level, while still getting some of the work that bigger law firms undertake.
  • Great work & experiences, development
  • The people and the culture.
  • People-centered - down to earth company with a good focus on work-life balance
  • Sausage rolls at morning tea
  • Holiday shut down period
  • Being endlessly busy and being under pressure at times
  • Billing target
  • The lack of autonomy over schedule and dress code.
  • Nature of the work can be stressful with tight deadlines
  • The pay (but it will go up)

What Insiders Say

7.6
Career Prospects
7.6
Career Prospects
Progression is fairly standard from Solicitor - Senior solicitor - Associate - Senior Associate - Partner.
7.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
We do quite a lot of pro bono work and volunteer at community law
8.1
Culture
8.1
Culture
In my opinion, the firm culture is one of the most attractive qualities of Duncan Cotterill. Everyone in the Auckland office is approachable and inclusive. We have the usual law firm hierarchical structure but I have always felt comfortable asking those around me for help, even partners. After work, I also feel comfortable socializing with colleagues.
6.5
Diversity
6.5
Diversity
The Firm has just implemented extended parental leave and care packages for new parents.
7.6
Satisfaction
7.6
Satisfaction
As a junior solicitor in the team, I often have a wide range of work from jumping in on a matter to help it along to work on a matter from start to finish.
8.4
Management
8.4
Management
Within my office, I am very satisfied with internal communication, performance feedback and recognition. Our HR manager (based in Chch) is great and comes up to our office regularly. Our CE also makes trips up regularly and is very approachable. The rest of management I usually contact via email/phone etc, but everyone is very supportive.
8.3
Office Work Environment
8.3
Office Work Environment
The location of our office is right in central Britomart, which is great as it is close to public transport and also a lot of food options. The offices are also very comfortable and open-plan. We must wear corporate attire everyday, which I am ok with.
7.2
Recruitment
7.2
Recruitment
The interview process is very thorough, with multiple exercises to determine if you are a good fit.
6.3
Salary
6.3
Salary
The firm is in line with the market and ensure they are current every year
7.6
Training
7.6
Training
In my first year we had a lot of induction, solicitor development, CPD trainings and Te Reo classes as well as one on one training with the seniors I worked with. I have greatly improved my drafting and attention to detail while working here.
8.4
Work Hours
8.4
Work Hours
There is no expectation to work long hours - as long as you get the work done and to a high standard. However, this is only coming from my experience of less than one year as a graduate.
7
Sustainability
7
Sustainability
The firm is big on reducing it's environmental footprint through the use of green bins, moving to vegetarian morning teas, recycling.