Agile, flexible and on-demand. Juno provides streamlined in-house counsel at great value. We can work in your office alongside your existing legal team, provide an in-house legal function as seconded sole counsel or support your business remotely.
Whether you need an end-to-end review of your legal function, flexible legal talent on demand or full-time support for many months - our passionate lawyers are ready to add value and help your business succeed.
Manage your business risk with an experienced, independent legal lens. Having worked extensively with leading legal teams, our lawyers bring their external perspective to identify your legal needs and help your team really soar.
Legal function strategy & design | Performance & efficiency improvement in the legal team & business interface | Mapping organisational priorities against deployment of legal resources | Change management & team engagement | Benchmarking & leading practice | Advice on the regulatory regime for in-house lawyers | Bespoke services based on your organisation’s needs
Flex up your existing legal team as and when you need. All our lawyers are self-starters and can jump right in. Our flexible options ensure you have top talent but aren’t paying for resource you don’t need.
Lawyers on demand | In your office | Off-site | Virtual general counsel | Capacity overflow | Parental leave cover | Project resource | Project management | Cost management | Internal interface between business and external providers
By working right inside your team we’ll scope, embed, monitor and trouble-shoot technology options to better administer matters, manage documents and capture knowledge.
Needs analysis | Solution design and implementation | Training and user buy-in | Post implementation assessment | Optimise use of existing systems
All Juno lawyers are top legal talent with senior experience in blue chip companies and major organisations.
Capability: I help organisations get optimal value from their legal services, effectively manage risk and achieve high performance through their in-house legal team. With more than 20 year’s experience as an in-house lawyer in New Zealand and the UK (including seven years leading the professional association for in-house lawyers) I’m passionate about the value that great lawyers create when they work inside companies. My focus is to seamlessly connect Juno lawyers into businesses and improve the strategy, design and performance of in-house legal functions.
Before Juno: In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Oil & Gas, Vector, Natural Gas Corporation, Novartis UK, Nestle UK, Electricity Corporation of New Zealand.
Writing: Co-author 2012 and 2014 Australia and New Zealand In-house Counsel Leading Practices and Benchmarking report.
Contributing author - Balancing Work and Life: a Practical Guide for Lawyers, LexisNexis, 2015
Co-Chair, In-house Counsel Worldwide establishment body
Past President – in-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand
Former Chair - Island Bay School Board
Volunteer Counsellor – Youthline New Zealand
Capability: I cut my teeth as a private practice lawyer for 10 years specialising in corporate & commercial law in some of the largest global law firms in the world in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the Cayman Islands. I then made the leap into corporates as an inhouse lawyer, and have never looked back. I've since had the absolute privilege of being a trusted advisor, as NZ lead counsel, global GC and company secretary, to market leaders across technology, insurance and financial services, pharma and biotech. I have extensive experience in commercial, corporate, M&A (including IPOs), technology (including cloud, AI, security, data privacy and IP) and corporate governance. I am skilled in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation.
I see the world with a wide lens, bringing curiosity, positivity and a strategic, growth mindset to every opportunity, which allows me to find solutions where others see only roadblocks.
I believe inhouse lawyers should deeply embed themselves by jumping into the trenches with the business. I pride myself in being proactive and taking a leadership role in identifying and managing risks and opportunities in the business in order to maximise value. I strive to closely align legal strategy with business strategy for optimal business outcomes.
Before Juno: Vend, Pfizer, TOWER, DLA Piper and Maples and Calder.
Capability: I have extensive in house corporate experience, with a focus on financial services. Most recently I was with AMP assisting a project legal team in relation to a significant divestment and prior to this led the corporate legal team at Suncorp Group, which included working on a number of strategic divestments, joint ventures and acquisitions. I enjoy working as part of a team and delivering pragmatic, solution focused commercial advice.
Before Juno: AMP, Suncorp Group, Simpson Grierson
Capability: I am an experienced commercial and corporate lawyer with experience in a wide range of industries including banking, IT and telecommunications. More recently I worked in a leadership and strategy role within high performance sport managing a global team. Each of these roles has developed my ability to quickly come up to speed on new concepts and businesses. I recognise the importance of working closely with the business to best understand their needs, support them and protect their legal interests or reduce their risk.
At a personal level, I place significant value on “team” while upholding strong values and professionalism in all that I do.
Before Juno: Equestrian Sports New Zealand - High Performance Director, Alcatel-Lucent, Gen-i, Lloyds Bank plc, MinterEllisonRuddWatt.
Eventing Wairarapa (Inc) committee member since 2018: Vice President. Former Chair and Secretary.
Event Riders Association (NZ): Founding Member
Capability: I believe in the power of technology to effect positive changes in legal practices. I am experienced in the legal knowledge cycle (records, document and knowledge management), client relationship management, and legal practice management systems. I design and implement systems to help lawyers be more effective. My legal practice includes ICT contracting, data protection and freedom of information, financial regulation, and derivatives, securities and other financial instruments.
I am a keen participant in NewLaw trends, including alternative service models, alternative legal sourcing, new technologies and the impacts and opportunities arising from these trends.
Before Juno: New Zealand Transport Agency, Buddle Findlay, Partners Group (UK), Companies Office, and Ministry of Economic Development.
Writing: A closely-held Companies Act for New Zealand (2007) 38 VUWLR 543.
New Zealand Securities Law Update, ALB, December 2011.
You can read my thoughts on the intersection of law and technology at www.newlaw.nz.
Governance/Community: Miramar Rangers AFC
I have extensive commercial, regulatory and corporate experience from in-house and private practice roles in New Zealand and abroad. As Head of Legal at Summerset, I was responsible for advising the organisation on a broad range of legal and commercial issues including contracts, legislative compliance and legal process and system improvements. Across my career, I have worked on complex and high value transactions including public equity and debt fundraisings and the negotiation and contracting of multi-million dollar assets.
Having established a new in-house legal function and led the team through system and process changes, I have seen first-hand how commercially focused and pragmatic legal advice and legal function performance can positively impact an organisation’s bottom line.
Summerset Group, Duncan Cotterill, Russell McVeagh, Field Fisher Waterhouse (UK), Balfour Beatty plc UK), Gilbert & Tobin (Australia)
Advisor to the Board of The Kindness Institute
Capability: I have experience across a broad range of commercial, regulatory and compliance matters. As Head of Legal and Regulatory at Trade Me, I led the team that advised the company on all aspects of commercial law, instructed on the acquisition of new companies, provided legal guidance on the development of new online services, consumer law, privacy and intellectual property. I also led Trade Me’s regulatory and government relations programme, where I worked closely with government agencies, officials and parliament, and was involved in legislative reviews to ensure the law could be implemented online in a practical and pragmatic way.
Before Juno: TradeMe, Ernst & Young
Refugee Services Volunteer, NZ Red Cross
Deputy Chair, Outward Bound Members Council
Volunteer Lawyer, Citizens Advice Bureau
Capability: My passion is to help develop and empower strong in-house legal teams, who partner with their organisation to provide ‘can-do’ solutions that add real value. I have 20 years of legal experience in government and private practice roles, leading legal, policy and technical teams. As former General Counsel on the EQC Executive Team, I understand the importance of supporting an organisation through periods of intense change and crisis management. I have extensive experience in public & Crown Entity law, including Inquiries; litigation strategy; contracting & procurement; insurance and construction law. I have also led the development of new regulatory schemes and the overhaul of legislation in the building and local government sectors.
Before Juno: Earthquake Commission, Department of Building & Housing; Trowers & Hamlin; Wynn Williams
Governance and Community:
Voluntary Director, Board of Proprietors for St Mary’s College
Past Committee Member - In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand
Capability: I have a broad range of inhouse experience spanning government and private sector. Most recently I headed up the legal team at New Zealand Post which advised on a diverse range of issues with a core focus on commercial, contracting, consumer and information law. In recent years, my work has had a transactional focus and included a number of significant divestments and acquisitions. Governance is another area of interest having worked closely with boards and taken on governance roles myself. Having led a legal team through times of change and challenge, I have seen the value that pragmatic, capable and commercially astute lawyers can add to an organisation.
Before Juno: New Zealand Post, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, Orange (U.K.), Tods Murray, Chapman Tripp
Governance and community:
Licensed independent trustee
Director of two superannuation schemes
Chair - Houghton Valley School board of trustees
Lay member of Podiatrists Board of New Zealand
Capability: I started out in private practice and have over 15 years experience working in-house. I've worked in a large corporate team and been the General Counsel of an energy/ tech start-up that scaled hugely domestically and internationally over 10 years. I would describe myself as a generalist lawyer, but I have significant areas of interest in governance, company and commercial, energy, consumer and technology law. I was recently working in the UK for my previous employer helping to establish their UK office and client relationship as part of a large software-as-a-service contract. Having been in the UK and gained some international privacy qualifications, I also have significant privacy expertise. I love working collaboratively with people from a wide range of disciplines to get the best result for the business.
Before Juno: Flux Federation (previously part of Powershop), Powershop, Meridian Energy, Buddle Findlay
Capability: For me, building trust in relationships is the key to great outcomes. It is not enough to be technically good; if people enjoy working with me and see me as part of their team, then I can be more effective in supporting them. I have over 25 years of experience in law and governance working at a senior level in-house and in private practice in New Zealand and overseas markets. I am a highly experienced commercial in-house lawyer with a depth of knowledge across a broad range of industries. My approach is pragmatic and commercial to ensure key outcomes are achieved and good relationships maintained along the way. I am self-motivated with a collaborative approach and excellent inter-personal skills. Working across a range of sectors including energy, banking, financial markets, telco and agriculture has enabled me to refine my strategic business knowledge, financial acumen and decision-making skills.
My career highlights to date include being Associate General Counsel at Todd Corporation with responsibility for corporate and M&A matters; Associate General Counsel for Meridian Energy leading several workstreams for the IPO; and General Counsel Corporate at NZX managing a range of acquisition activity and the governance arrangements for multiple boards.
Before Juno: Todd Corporation, Kiwibank, Meridian Energy, NZX, PGG/Wrightson, Telecom ANZ, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Simpson Grierson, Bell Gully
Lawyer volunteer for Karori CAB; mentor for Youth Enterprise Scheme
Past Board member and Deputy Chair – Orchestra Wellington; life member and past committee member
Club Captain and Treasury
Victoria University of Wellington AFC; past committee member Victoria University Sports Clubs Association and Kelburn Park Clubs Association.
Capability: I have extensive and broad-ranging commercial experience, having practised in-house for more than 15 years both in New Zealand and London. As Senior Legal Counsel at Spark I was involved in the voluntary split of Telecom in 2011 as well as providing advice on a range of commercial and IP related matters. As the first lawyer to be appointed to Vanco plc in London I was responsible for a broad range of legal (and non-legal) matters and was able to build the practice to 4 lawyers. Most recently at Fonterra, I led the establishment of the global legal team’s first in-house legal portal designed to make legal services more accessible to the business. I enjoy working closely with the business to achieve successful, commercial outcomes.
Before Juno: Fonterra, Spark, Vanco plc, Buddle Findlay
Governance/Community: Board of Trustees Chair, Campbells Bay School
Capability: I have developed strong commercial and legal acumen working as a corporate and commercial lawyer in private practice and in in-house roles for more than 25 years. I believe the key to adding value as an in-house counsel is understanding people and their skills from all areas of a business as well as getting to know the business. I am always interested in what people do in their roles and I make a point of exploring each person’s viewpoint and desired outcome in relation to a transaction or project. An in-house counsel should be seen as a key advisor using their skills to achieve the best possible commercial and legal position for the business, not “the road block”. For the last 12 years, I have been Senior Legal Counsel at Kordia Limited, a New Zealand State Owned Enterprise, whose wide range of businesses include the provision of business telecommunications, cyber security and broadcasting services as well as the provision of critical network infrastructure solutions in New Zealand and Australia. In my role, I provided all sectors of the New Zealand business with legal advice across a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues.
Before Juno: Kordia Limited, Orcon Internet, Stevenson Group, New Zealand Funds Management, Bell Gully, Allen & Overy (London), Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Sydney)
Governance/Community: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Medbury School, Christchurch
Capability: I am an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked in in-house and private practice roles across the public and private sectors. Most recently I supported the commercial/corporate and regulatory legal teams at MBIE doing a wide range of commercial, regulatory and compliance work. In my earlier career, I focused primarily on commercial property work; advising clients across a broad range of industries including property developers and investors, banks, insurance companies, supermarkets, telcos, airports, regional authorities, and central and local government.
I am adaptable and able to tackle new situations and tasks with confidence. I enjoy stripping away ambiguity and legalese from documents and advice and presenting clients with solutions they can understand.
Before Juno: Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, DLA Piper, Minter Ellison (Sydney), DJ Freeman (London), Halifax Bank (London), Phillips Fox.
President, Island Bay Tennis club
Junior Convenor, Island Bay Tennis club
Capability: I have strong corporate and commercial experience gained in private practice and in-house legal roles. During my time in British Telecom’s Major Transactions Legal Team, I drafted and negotiated complex global outsourcing agreements and guided colleagues from the wider business through the competitive bid process. With my background in software development and a strong interest in technologies, I believe there is considerable scope for technology to improve the delivery of in-house legal services. My experience researching and developing software also enables me to effectively identify how technology and process can improve internal systems.
Before Juno: The Compliance Company, British Telecom (UK), Elevator App Development (UK), Clifford Chance (UK), Tompkins Wake Lawyers.
Capability: I have wide-ranging experience in intellectual property, commercial and corporate law. After several years practising in New Zealand, I spent five years working in the United Kingdom at a major oil and gas company providing advice to the marketing and brand protection team primarily on branding, marketing and trade mark issues. My proven international experience has given me an excellent grounding in global supply chain, legal project management, corporate governance and people leadership.
I am skilled at negotiating effective agreements to reflect complicated concepts, providing practical advice to business and managing internal and external relationships including across cultures to create optimal outcomes.
Before Juno: Shell International Ltd, Baldwins Intellectual Property, Parkview Chambers.
Capability: I have over 20 years legal experience across the private and public sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, working both as sole inhouse counsel and within teams primarily in the utilities, construction, health and other highly regulated industries.
During this time I have worked extensively in general commercial advisory work, commercial contracts, procurement activities, and information and risk management. For the past 7 years I was the sole inhouse lawyer for the Southern DHB providing legal services to support the operational and organisational demands of two large hospitals. Prior to this I spent 10 years working in the utility and infrastructure sectors in Sydney and London, which included the privilege of working on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects. Primarily this involved front end contract negotiation and the responsibility for the delivery of contracts in excess of a billion dollars.
I am a resourceful and pragmatic lawyer who gets things done.
Before Juno: Southern DHB, Leighton Holdings Limited (Aust), United Group Limited (Aust), Elexon Limited (UK), Buddle Findlay
Capability: I have considerable in-house legal experience in commercial, property, corporate governance and regulatory matters across the pharmaceutical, public and local government sectors. Throughout my career I have provided legal and strategic advice to executive management, staff and elected members on issues relating to commercial and property transactions, decision-making, law-making functions, legislative compliance, delegations and responsibilities relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
As an in-house lawyer, I like to work collaboratively with clients, provide pragmatic and timely advice and explore innovative ways to solve problems.
Before Juno: Auckland Council, The University of Otago, The Treasury, PHARMAC
Capability: I have extensive commercial, regulatory and corporate experience from private practice, in-house and commercial roles in New Zealand, Asia and the UK. Most recently I was with Contact Energy heading the commercial, procurement and new ventures operations in Contact’s Generation & Development business. Through my career I’ve worked on and delivered complex commercial transactions including M&A, joint venture and project developments with a focus on energy and infrastructure. My hands-on commercial experience enables me to give pragmatic, business-focussed advice.
Before Juno: Contact Energy, Chapman Tripp, Herbert Smith Freehills, Shell International, Bell Gully.
Capability: With 13 years’ experience working within in-house legal teams I have a broad commercial legal background. As Senior Legal Counsel at TelstraClear Limited I oversaw a number of changes in ownership as well as providing advice on an extensive range of contractual and compliance matters. I have held roles with responsibility for the company secretarial function, procurement contracting and marketing legal support.
I understand the value that an in-house legal team is able to provide to its client organisation, and the importance of building respectful positive relationships to enable that to happen.
Before Juno: TelstraClear Limited, DB Group Limited, Russell McVeagh
Past President of the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand
Secretary and founding member of the Atlantis City Water Polo and Aquatics Club, Auckland
Vice President of the Diocesan School Old Girls Association
Former Member of the Board of Governors of Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
Capability: I have more than 25 years experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer: most recently inhouse at OMV New Zealand, but also in private practice in New Zealand and in London, and at the bar. Getting a practical result quickly and without fuss is what makes inhouse practice satisfying for me. I enjoy working inside an organisation to help it best achieve its goals. Experience and wide legal knowledge help me get up to speed quickly in diverse work areas and to think strategically. I am comfortable working on complex, high-value or strategic projects, including leading negotiations and advising on legal and regulatory risk.
Before Juno: OMV New Zealand, Barrister, MinterEllison, Watson Farley Williams, Bell Gully
Community and Governance:
Committee, Wellington College Rowing Club
Capability: Rachael, a qualified Legal Executive, has joined the Juno team as Practice Manager to ensure the seamless connection between Juno and its clients. Rachael has experience with practice management, communications and wrangling lawyers. She has worked for a range of firms in the North and South Islands.
Community: Mainly Music Leader, volunteer work with a local Church
Capability: Evelyn has a Bachelor of Tourism Management and has 12 years event management experience, including previous work at a corporate law firm. She has joined the Juno team as an Administrator to assist with the smooth operation of the office.
Community: Evelyn has been involved with volunteer work to support homeless people and has also worked with refugees to help them settle in to Wellington.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Tourism Management
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Juno helps leading New Zealand organisations achieve their goals and manage their legal risk. But we also ensure our lawyers work flexibly if they want to, so they can deliver their best in all areas of life.
If you’re ready to use your extensive in-house legal experience and wisdom to benefit businesses and achieve your own personal and professional goals, we’d love to talk.
Juno has a strong commitment to serve the wider community. Being a lawyer is a privilege that comes from hard work and opportunities given. To reflect this, we donate a small portion of our net profit each year to a range of charities and causes that align with the passions and interests of our lawyers.
Outward Bound exists to 'create better people, better communities and a better world'. Through various courses people, business professionals and young adult learn to grasp every opportunity thrown their way.
This trust was established by lawyer Denise Arnold to give vulnerable children, girls especially, the opportunity to have a free, quality education. Education is the largest lever for social change in Cambodia.
This charity aims to build a more just and equitable society in Aotearoa New Zealand by providing small, safe and fair loans to low income families.
NZLII provides free access to New Zealand legal information and is funded solely through grants and donations. It is a joint project of the University of Otago, University of Canterbury and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) with the assistance of Victoria University of Wellington.
ActionStation is an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation with the mission of supporting and uplifting everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create a society, economy and democracy that serves everyday people, and the planet we love.
The NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW and is widely acknowledged as the largest volunteer fire service in the world.
The Mental Health Foundation is a charitable trust delivering awareness, training and advocacy to support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.
Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed. Plunket provides a caring and professional well child, family and whānau service and is committed to providing universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity, location or ability to pay.
The House of Grace is a home for pregnant teens. A place to live, learn, prepare for childbirth and make plans for a bright future.
When cancer derails a young person’s life, CanTeen is there to provide personalised support to help teen’s identify their needs and goals and then make sure they get the support they need to deal with their cancer experience.
Supporting the delivery of high-quality services by dementia organisations working in the community.
Mary Potter Hospice provides and promotes high quality specialist palliative care, grief support, education and care planning services to the people of Wellington.
KidsCan exists to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids less fortunate than others. It’s our mission to provide food, clothing and basic healthcare in schools to enable disadvantaged children to be more engaged in their education and reach their full potential.
We are a nationwide not-for-profit organisation that provides support to the families of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment.
The Compassion Soup Kitchen has a rich history in the Wellington community, and we strive to ensure that the mission of Suzanne Aubert is kept alive through our mahi with people on the margins of society
RAW was set up to help break New Zealand’s ever-growing cycle of intergenerational offending, educational underachievement, persistent poverty and violence for a group of disadvantaged women.
The Kindness Institute is a social enterprise that uses the tools of mindfulness and yoga to boost the self-esteem, mental health and leadership skills of marginalised youth and to help them manage stress, anxiety and depression.
KiwiHarvest which rescues perishable food and was started in Dunedin by former lawyer Deborah Manning:
"We’re New Zealand’s perishable food rescuers; collecting good food before it goes to waste and distributing it to those in need to nourish the wider community."
The Child Cancer Foundation is a family focused, nationwide network that provides support to kiwi kids with cancer and the people who love them.
For over 5 decades New Zealanders, inspired by Sir Ed, have been working with friends and partners in Nepal to reduce poverty and strengthen communities in the Everest region.
From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. We work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.
Diabetes Youth Wellington provides support, education, and advocacy for young people affected by diabetes (and their families) across the Wellington region.
New Zealand’s largest nationwide organisation that supports and helps women and children experiencing family violence. Our vision is for all women and children in Aotearoa to live free from domestic and family violence.
Level 11, AMI Plaza
342 Lambton Quay
PO Box 10650, Wellington, 6143
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Lawyer locations: Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington.
We also provide virtual services for a number of international clients.