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Senior Associate

Rachael Judge

BA LLB(Hons)

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5446

M+64 21 241 5921

Rachael Judge

Rachael is a senior associate in the employment law group at Simpson Grierson.

She advises clients in all aspects of employment law, including personal grievance claims, restructurings, disciplinary and performance management processes, holiday pay compliance, human rights and privacy, collective bargaining, and conducting investigations.

Rachael regularly attends mediations and represents clients in Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court matters.

Rachael also has a depth of experience in education law and acts for several independent and state schools on matters such as terms of enrolment, student disciplinary issues, student human rights claims, school policies and the Children’s Act 2014. She also advises schools in relation to their employment agreements and staff disciplinary issues.

Rachael has been admitted to practice in New South Wales and she previously worked for a leading employment law team in Sydney.

Examples of Work

  • Providing advice on employment law issues to clients in a range of sectors including education, health, banking and finance, local government, FMCG and retail
  • Various employers and employees - negotiating exits for senior employees
  • Advising employers in the public and private sector on Holidays Act compliance and advising on Labour Inspector audits, investigations and enforceable undertakings
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group - successfully defended an unjustified dismissal claim (serious misconduct) in three-day Employment Relations Authority Hearing
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group - successful opposition to unjustified disadvantage claim on the basis it was outside of the 90-day statutory timeframe for raising a grievance
  • Advising on restructuring, disciplinary and performance management processes
  • Advising on restraints of trade and representing employers in relation to the enforcement of restraints of trade
  • Conducting, and advising on, independent investigations relating to allegations of bullying and employee misconduct for a range of employers
  • Various employers - advising on collective bargaining processes and strategy and attending collective bargaining as part of a bargaining team (including acting as a lead negotiator in relation to a large employer’s first Multi-Union Collective Employment Agreement)
  • Various State and Independent Schools - advising on human rights claims and proceedings, including in relation to the application of school rules and claims of discrimination
  • Various organisations and clients - training and seminars on employment and education law matters

Other Credentials

  • Auckland District Law Society Employment Law Committee - Member
  • Auckland Women Lawyers Association - Committee Member