The Right people

The right people

People are Cooney Lees Morgan’s most valuable asset. Our staff tell us that good working relationships with peers and clients are the most valuable contributor to a satisfying day at work.

Our primary objective is to have the best people, not to be the largest employer or the firm with the highest turnover. The best people will contribute to the best working environment, and the best working environment will attract the best people. We strive to provide a work environment that inspires, nurtures, recognises and rewards effort, and an environment that promotes strong friendships and mutual professional respect.

The better and more enjoyable our workplace, the better people we attract, the better work we do, the better clients we get. Simple really.

“Cooney Lees Morgan staff are selected for ingenuity, bright thinking and consummate professionalism. We want people to look at Cooney Lees Morgan and see a perfect mix of high-flying, industry-leading lawyers with vision and ambition.”

The right attitude

The right attitude

Cooney Lees Morgan is the unique product of the attitudes and values of the people who work here. Some people call this culture, but we’d like to think of it as being far more organic then that. The lifestyle benefits of our Bay of Plenty location have a dramatic effect on the firm’s personality. The way we’re able to move seamlessly from working with a blue-chip client to a young family buying their first home, is a reflection of our personality. The way we respect and value our colleagues, and the sense of pride we have for the firm, reflects our personality.

Diversity - Progression


A culture of diversity and inclusion is a continuous process that has been part of Cooney Lees Morgan’s DNA right from the start. We’ve never thought of diversity as a marketing tool or something needed for growth, it’s just who we are. Embracing and celebrating diversity has created a dynamic, strong and well-connected workforce of open minded and supportive professionals.


At Cooney Lees Morgan we encourage our people to take ownership of their career aspirations and provide the tools to support them to achieve those goals, including training resources, networking opportunities and mentoring. We promote customisable career paths that offer progression, secondment, career breaks (for maternity or other reasons) or recognition that thriving in a current role is a valid career objective. This flexibility and commitment to development encourages our people to chart career paths that align with their personal interests and priorities.

Summer Clerks Programme

Summer Clerks Programme

We offer a summer clerk programme where we open up applications around June/July each year. We look for high achievers with top marks, who will also make a positive contribution to our values and culture. They start their clerkship at the end of Semester 4 (November) and go through until late January/February. Most of our summer clerks have come back after their studies to a full time position here at Cooney Lees Morgan. Our aim is to ensure our summer clerks get a variety of work and learn about how a mid-size law firm works. The experience will provide an insight into all aspects of being a lawyer, including networking, practice management, legal research and client meetings.

Our stories

Staff talk about their careers and what it’s like working at Cooney Lees Morgan.

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Marley Orr
Position Legal Assistant

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Jeff Stringer
Position Associate

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Here at Cooney Lees Morgan we pride ourselves on having the very best and brightest law professionals working for us.

As a mid-sized law firm based in Tauranga, we deliver quality and pragmatic solutions to a wide range of corporate, commercial, local authority and private clients - both locally and nationally. Our teams find their work challenging and rewarding, sophisticated and wide-ranging. We have an encouraging and supportive environment with a collaborative style of work, in modern offices based in the CBD.

Our people choose Cooney Lees Morgan because they want more: not only the professional challenge, but also the quality of life that living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty provides. If you are re-evaluating your career then consider joining us.