We have what is widely considered to be New Zealand's leading employment law practice. Our expert advice is called on by many of New Zealand's top organisations in both the private and public sector. We act for a number of New Zealand's largest companies. These include Fonterra Co-operative Group, Telecom New Zealand, BP Oil NZ, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and Westpac New Zealand. We also have a portfolio of major international corporate clients. We act for many major government departments and local authorities.

Our specialist employment lawyers work closely with other practice areas. They bring their employment law knowledge and experience to due diligence projects, corporate restructurings, employee share schemes, and other strategic commercial matters.

Our success before the Employment Relations Authority and courts is widely acknowledged. We also have extensive experience in mediations. We assist clients to resolve their employment relationship problems quickly and effectively. 

We advise on all employment-related work. This includes accident compensation, collective bargaining and industrial relations, employee benefits, employment and contracting agreements, health and safety, human rights, superannuation (including KiwiSaver), legislative compliance, personal grievance claims, privacy, restructuring, redundancy, union issues, and strikes and lockouts.

Our reputation extends globally. We are independently recognised by key international directories as leaders in our field. We have also been selected as the exclusive New Zealand member of the global Employment Law Alliance (a network of over 3,000 lawyers providing employment and labour expertise in more than 75 countries).

 

Our Experience

  • Fonterra - successfully defended various unjustified dismissal claims and challenges to the interpretation and meaning of collective agreements 
  • Westpac - acted for the Bank in proceedings brought by Finsec Union in the Authority & Employment Court on behalf of some of its members seeking a compliance order and damages over the interpretation and meaning of a relocation allowance
  • Auckland Transition Agency - exclusive employment law advisors to the Agency. This Agency is the statutory establishment board established to manage and implement the amalgamation of Auckland's eight territorial local authorities
  • C3 - defending appeal proceedings (over lifting the corporate veil) brought by the Maritime Union of New Zealand in the Employment Court
  • Ministry of Social Development - successfully defended a number of claims brought by an employee. These claims included discrimination, breach of health and safety obligations, disadvantage, and breach of good faith
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