Investing in our community

Giving back to the community is a big part of our culture. Across the firm our people are doing great things by volunteering, fundraising and providing pro-bono legal advice. We encourage everyone to get involved in our community investment programme which is both interesting and rewarding.

There are a number of regular volunteering initiatives at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, for example:

  • Homework Help Club, where volunteers go to a decile one primary school in Auckland or Wellington to help children with their homework each week;
  • Mothers Project, where a group of volunteers visit mothers in prison in Auckland and Wellington to help them maintain meaningful connections with their children.
  • Kelston Girls’ College Mentoring, where a number of our lawyers meet regularly with a group of students from Kelston Girls’ College

Partner Stacey Shortall established these valuable initiatives, which are now delivered nationally thanks to a network of volunteers.


Our people are encouraged to volunteer for a worthy cause and are given paid ‘volunteering leave’. Our Community Investment Group organises a variety of volunteering options you can join, either with your team or by yourself. You can also suggest your own worthy initiative to support.

Pro bono advice

Each year, MinterEllisonRuddWatts provides free legal advice to many organisations who do not have the means to pay. Some of these relationships are very long-standing, including our pro bono support of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the SPCA.

Business sponsorships

MinterEllisonRuddWatts supports building long-standing partnerships with organisations that are focused on innovation and globalisation.

Among those we work with include the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, New Zealand International Arts Festival, Global Women, the Deloitte Top 200 Awards and KiwiNet.


MinterEllisonRuddWatts lends its support to many fundraising events such as baking cupcakes for SPCA Cupcake Day, turning the office ‘Pink for a Day’ for Breast Cancer month or collecting pyjamas for children living in poverty.

Our firm has also held fundraising months where we raise as much as possible for a chosen charity.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is jam packed with exceptionally competent people at the top of their fields. But as technically skilled as they are, they are kind, compassionate and supportive.

Sam Collins, 2019/20 Summer Clerk

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