James & Wells

James & Wells
Employer of Choice 2020

James & Wells, one of Australasia’s largest patent and trademark attorney firms, is committed to creating a workplace where its people can be inspired and be inspiring and where they can grow and feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

All professional staff at James & Wells have laptops and a remote platform allowing then to work from home. They are offered the option to work flexibly, with 40% of staff having a variation of working hours (including part-time hours and varied start and finish times) and 16% working from home each week.

James & Wells has a comprehensive onboarding programme that includes a tailored induction for new staff, and a “Pathways to Partnership” programme for associates. All staff have access to training and development and paid study leave. There are also CPE and CPD training resources available to the firm’s patent and trademark attorneys and litigation teams, as well as funding and support for those trying to gain qualification as a patent or trademark attorney.

A member of Diversity Works NZ, James & Wells is fostering a diverse and inclusive environment under the lead of its Culture & Diversity Committee, which has recently undertaken a diversity stocktake and defined the firm’s eight key goals. All staff are also encouraged to participate in working committees and on collaborative projects where they can contribute ideas, knowledge and skills diversely across teams.

James & Wells offers competitive salaries as well as extensive benefits including mobile phone, credit card, flu vaccinations, EAP support, connectivity packages, birthday leave, paid parking, and Koru Club membership. For employees who demonstrated outstanding work, they are recognised through the firm’s newsletters and social media channels. The firm also offer pay for performance and pay equity.  

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