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Phillipa Muir



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M+64 27 593 5402

Phillipa Muir

Phillipa is one of New Zealand's leading employment lawyers. She acts for many of New Zealand's major corporations, tertiary institutions, and local government bodies.

Phillipa has successfully argued several leading cases in new areas of employment law. These include the first major damages claim brought by an employer against a union, the first successful stress damages case to go to the Court of Appeal, and the first employment law case to go to New Zealand's Supreme Court.

Phillipa heads the employment law group. 

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Employment 2021 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Employment 2021 - Leading Lawyer (Hall of Fame)
  • The International Who's Who Legal Labour, Employment & Benefits 2021 - Global Leader
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Labour & Employment 2018 - Market-leading Lawyer
  • Best in Workplace Relations Award (Australasian Women in Business Awards 2012 & 2014)

Examples of Work

  • Provides strategic employment advice to many NZ Boards of Directors and holds a number of outside governance roles
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group - advises on all senior executive employment agreements and recently advised on a restructure across multiple jurisdictions
  • Auckland Council - successfully represented the Council in urgent proceedings in the Employment Court, over a dispute under Part 6A ERA on largely untested law regarding the definition of "cleaning services" in relation to vulnerable employees
  • University of Auckland - represented the University in long-running proceedings affecting all academic staff, culminating in a facilitation hearing in 2012 and dispute proceedings in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court in 2014-2015

Other Credentials

  • Global Employment Law Alliance - Board member
  • Fletcher Building Employee Educational Fund - Chair
  • Auckland Writers Festival - Chair
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Law - Guest lecturer
  • Employment Law - Co-author
  • Recruitment and Termination - Co-author