Introduction to New Zealand
With a population of only 4.6 million, the Island of New Zealand comprises of two landmasses, the North Island and the South Island. The North Island is home to Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand and Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, whilst the South Island is home to the third biggest city, Christchurch. With a vibrant culture and famously beautiful scenery, New Zealand offers a relaxing, outdoors-orientated lifestyle.
New Zealand offers a good quality of life. During the summer months temperatures range from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius. With an array of beaches, lakes and national parks only minutes away from most of the cities, there is plenty to explore. There are however high levels of rain all year round, amounting to approximately 137 rain days a year. During the winter months temperatures range from 1.5 to 15.5 degrees Celsius. The North Island remains relatively mild whilst the South Island suffers the worst of the winter with temperatures reaching as low as -10. The South Island is known for its alpine region and is home to several world class ski fields. A 45-minute flight from Auckland to Queenstown is popular amongst skiers and snowboarders.
The Legal Market
Auckland is the largest legal center in New Zealand and is home to the major domestic law firms, as well as some international firms. As the economy continues to perform strongly there is an increasing demand for legal services. This continuous growth has however resulted in a shortage of lawyers across New Zealand, meaning that skilled migrants are welcomed. Candidates most sought after are those with three to six years PQE, particularly those practicing corporate or commercial law, including construction, banking and finance, M&As and general transactional work. There is also particular demand for Commercial Property Solicitors in Auckland as recent infrastructure developments are driving many new deals in the city.
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