Being honest, insightful and easy to deal with is what sets us apart from others.

We understand that people are your key asset. In our experience the best legal solutions are developed through understanding your business, knowing the issues and collaboratively applying practical, commercial and innovative approaches to solving problems.
 
Much of our work is complex and we are routinely called upon to work on our clients’ most sensitive matters. To help you take care of your business, we rely on our ability to understand the legal issues and to be responsive and sensitive to what matters and apply our technical excellence.

With team members in Auckland and Christchurch we offer national coverage for your employment and people matters. 

We are recommended and recognised as a leading firm for Labour & Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 legal guides.  One client commented that "the team has strength in depth.  Excellent internal communication ensures that our needs are serviced carefully and promptly by a well-briefed team who understand our business. The team is also very responsive and accessible so that advice can be sought quickly. Attention to ongoing matters is thorough and prompt.”  Another describes the team as "very effective - not only well versed in the law, but able to advance effective strategies to help us achieve our desired outcomes".
 

Reported Decisions

  • Lambton-Young v Nairn Industries Ltd (1990) 3 NZELC 97,874
  • Ace Finance Ltd v Shanaher (1995) 2 ERNZ 500

Recent Projects

  • Acting for a major local authority in relation to the investigation and prosecution of a number of employees regarding corruption and bribery.
  • Acting for a number of clients in relation to theft of confidential information, intellectual property and the interference with computer systems. This includes obtaining search and seizure orders.
  • Acting for private clients in defending claims of breach of restrictive covenants in restraint of trade.
  • Acting for private clients and corporate entities in relation to business transfer provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000.
  • Providing employment, restructuring and health and safety advice, and representing local authorities for over 15 years.
  • Representing employers in collective bargaining and application of the collective bargaining provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000.
  • Advising and representing many multi-national companies in relation to ongoing employment issues regarding the interpretation of employment laws and processes, and providing strategic advice on commercial aspects of their businesses.
  • Conducting bullying investigation and guiding employer through the resulting process
  • Assisting employers with Health and Safety compliance, investigation and prosecution, drawing on a combination of employment law experience and previous experience prosecuting Health and Safety cases.
  • Private prosecution of the New Zealand Defence Force under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, relating to the ANZAC day 2010 Iroquois crash.
  • Advising employers on disciplinary processes, performance management, and other employment processes.
  • Negotiation of various personal grievance claims for employers, and employees.
  • Employment restructuring of businesses.
  • Advising on and managing consultation processes on sales of businesses.
  • Defence of profit share claim against employer.
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