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Partner

Shan Wilson

BA LLB(Hons)

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5114

M+64 27 532 2737

Shan Wilson

Shan is a partner in the employment law group. She advises on all employment relations issues in the workplace. She has particular expertise in union-related issues, alongside a related practice advising schools on education law issues.

Shan has been practicing in the employment law area now for over 25 years. Shan is a trusted advisor relied on heavily by a number of her clients to give strategic advice on an almost daily basis to avoid litigation. For many clients, one of Shan's key strengths is her skill as a negotiator and ability to successfully manage sensitive discussions with employees.

Shan has particular expertise in union-related issues – having assisted clients at the bargaining table or providing strategic advice behind the scenes. She has extensive experience in dealing with industrial issues, including test case issues before the Employment Court and Court of Appeal.

Shan's work experience includes time at one of London's leading law firms, Allen & Overy. This enabled Shan to gain high-level experience in employment law issues across different jurisdictions.

She has assisted a number of clients with the legal and strategic aspects of large change management projects. Amongst this, Shan has in-house experience in managing a restructuring and redundancy process for 800 employees at four different sites.

Shan has also built expertise in the education sector. Her knowledge and experience in this sector is not just in assisting schools with staff issues, it stretches wider to advise school boards on governance issues, student discipline matters, and she is well informed on all manner of issues arising from the Education Act. Shan sits on the boards of both a primary and secondary school.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Employment 2018 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Employment 2017 - Recommended Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Blackfoot New Zealand - successfully secured an 11 month non-solicitation and non-dealing covenant to protect the company from competition from an ex-employee
  • Negotiation of senior executive terminations
  • Handled investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment
  • Spotless Services - collective bargaining in the public health sector (including a test case on claims under multi-employer collective agreements)
  • Spotless Services - Employment Court and Court of Appeal litigation on health and safety lockouts
  • Dynea NZ - test case about the dividing line between the Employment Court's and Employment Relations Authority's jurisdiction
  • Geneva Finance - search order to retrieve misappropriated intellectual property
  • Fisher & Paykel Appliances - personal grievance claims (including in relation to time recording and overtime systems, and misappropriation of intellectual property)
  • University of Auckland - defeat of challenge to University's salary offers to non-union staff; defense of dismissed lecturer's claim for unjustified dismissal and defeat of reinstatement claim; defeat of Associate Professor's challenge to the University's promotion process and allocation of research time for academic staff; successfully defending a challenge to a fixed term appointment in the University
  • Telecom - successful defence of personal grievance claims arising from the closure of a consulting business
  • Veolia Transport Auckland - contract interpretation issue around discretionary sick pay

Other Credentials

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association - Member