When Georgina Smith returned to NZ from the UK in 2014 she was focused on selecting a city that offered a great lifestyle and a firm where she could grow into a senior leadership position. Holland Beckett Law stood out as an integral member of the community both in a professional sense and as a good corporate citizen.
Georgina’s decision to join a progressive firm has played out. When she joined Holland Beckett Law the headcount was approximately 75 and now the firm has 140 staff. With the support of the partners, Georgina transitioned through the firm and in April she joined the partnership, carrying over 15 years legal experience with her. Identifying leaders who can build a team is what has made Holland Beckett Law a success and one of New Zealand’s largest regional law firms.
Georgina acts primarily for builders, property developers and NZ’s largest non-bank lender. She flourishes when assisting clients with structuring deals which focus on growth and development of the Bay of Plenty region and wider NZ.
Georgina feels a real sense of achievement when using her legal skills and general life experience to work with clients to achieve their goals and watching their businesses grow to achieve greatness. There are likely to be some tough times ahead for businesses and Georgina can be relied upon to assist with innovative legal solutions for restructuring and refinancing.
Retaining and growing staff is the firm’s number one priority. Holland Beckett Law achieves this in a number of innovative ways such as graduate programme cash bonuses or options for paid leave to travel, regular salary reviews, wide ranging CPD options, flexible working arrangements, social and sporting events, wellness package and study benefits.
Holland Beckett Law also recently announced its new parental leave policy where primary carers are entitled to receive their first 18 weeks of Government assistance topped up to their full pay while partners of the primary carer are eligible to receive four weeks of paid leave.
Georgina is proud to be part of Holland Beckett Law’s leadership team and its commitment to attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent.