The team at Williams McKenzie knows all about delivering sensible and cost-effective solutions to our clients. We have a thorough understanding across a wide range of legal areas. Situated in North Canterbury, our clients enjoy sound advice from local people who are well-connected to the community.


“We pride ourselves in being friendly, approachable and readily available.”


Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Details   Our people make us who we are. At Williams McKenzie we pride ourselves in friendly professional legal service.
We offer a wide range of legal services

We offer a wide range of legal services

Details   Our team experience and expertise covers most common legal areas. We can help you with:
  • Property
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Private client
  • Litigation
Learn more about how we can help you with legal advice and services.
Our History

Our History

Details   The firm traces its origins to the Christchurch legal practice established by Arthur Rhodes in 1884. He was joined in partnership by Michael Godby and John Heaton Rhodes to form Rhodes Ross. In 1934, Alan Fraser commenced practice in Rangiora, later joined by Sir Howard Kippenberger. The two firms merged in 1949 to create Rhodes Godby & Fraser, later renamed Rhodes Fraser & Co. David Crerar joined the partnership in 1972 and Ron Williams in 1978. A merger with Rodney Venning formed Fraser Venning Crerar, renamed Crerar Williams in 1999. Tania McKenzie became a partner in 2002. On 1 August 2008, Crerar Williams changed its name to Williams McKenzie.

With our excellent service and loyalty to our clients, we continue to lead North Canterbury into the future.

Team Vacancy


Family & Relationship Property Lawyer

We are looking for a new star in order to expand our family team.  We require the services of a motivated and enthusiastic Solicitor, ideally with at least 3 years post admission experience for a career in an exciting and dynamic district that is experiencing significant growth.

Rangiora is a thriving rural town, 30 minutes north of central Christchurch, 10 minutes from the beach and 1½ hours from the snow.  This could be a chance for you to work closer to home or even go against the traffic if you live more centrally.

You will have the opportunity to work across a blend of private client and legal aid work involving relationship property, care of child, family violence, PPPR, adoption and other family law related matters.  You will have the ability to take ownership of files from start to end with the support of the director and others in the team, allowing you to further strengthen your advocacy skillset.

The person we seek should possess the following attributes:

·        Excellent communication and client relationship skills

·        Ability to work as part of a team

·        Sound drafting skills and advocacy skills

·        Ability & desire to build networks in a local community

·        Lead provider legal aid status preferred but not essential

·     Ability to work in general practice as well as in family law would be an advantage     

In return we offer:

·        Excellent working conditions including a generous sized office

·        An environment that provides a healthy balance between work and home life

·        Supportive and experienced team environment

·        Excellent opportunities for advancement

We are a well-established general practice firm with a warm culture and an approachable director.  This is an excellent opportunity to further develop the practice and bring your own style to the team.      

If this role holds some appeal, please contact us to learn more in complete confidence.  Contact Tania McKenzie at tania@williamsmckenzie.co.nz or by calling 03 311-8142.