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Downie Stewart Lawyers has been judged, based on employee feedback, to have the best work environment out of all the law firms in New Zealand.
At the annual New Zealand Law Awards Downie Stewart was named Employer of Choice for law firms with up to 50 staff, and also won the coveted Supreme Award for Employer of Choice.
Downie Stewart was described by one voter as being "the best employer I have ever come across", and another voter said, "There is an incredible bond of two-way loyalty between the firm and staff. The firm has a tradition of performing quality work with compassion and integrity and respecting everyone in the firm. The staff not only buy into this philosophy but in fact police it themselves."
In accepting the awards, Gerard DeCourcy thanked all of the staff for their dedication. "We have a really tight knit team of experienced professionals. Most of our people have been with us for more than 10 years (some more than 20 years) and are extemely loyal to the firm and our clients. We look after each other and work together to make sure our clients are looked after. Our staff are the stewards of our workplace culture and deserve the credit for what we have created together. "
Based in Dunedin for over 150 years, Downie Stewart has earned a reputation for providing expert legal advice in a practical way.
We are a busy general practice offering exposure to a wide variety of challenges and experiences.
Our 5 partners are all experts in their own right. They are backed by a great team of lawyers and legal executives each with particular specialist skills.
Our office is well resourced with good systems and current technology.
The work environment is professional, friendly and supportive.