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We have what is widely considered to be New Zealand's leading employment law practice.

Our core employment team includes four specialist partners – Phillipa Muir, John Rooney, Samantha Turner and Shan Wilson – and ten other lawyers. In addition, the team works on client projects with other senior professionals including Sally McKechnie, a leading public law expert.

Our expert advice is called on by many of New Zealand's top organisations in both the private and public sector. For example, we act for New Zealand’s largest government department (Ministry of Social Development), the largest tertiary organisation (University of Auckland), New Zealand’s largest local authority (Auckland Council) and many major New Zealand corporates (such as Fonterra, BP Oil and Westpac New Zealand).

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 including

  • 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
  • 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).

Examples of our work

  • Fonterra - successfully defended various unjustified dismissal claims and challenges to the interpretation and meaning of collective agreements
  • University of Auckland - successfully represented the University in the Employment Relations Authority in relation to a dispute over interpretation of clauses in the collective agreement, concerning academic standards.
  • Ministry of Social Development - successful defence of claims for breach of contract, discrimination, unjustified disadvantage, and bullying
  • 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
  • C3 - defending appeal proceedings (over lifting the corporate veil) brought by the Maritime Union of New Zealand in the Employment Court