Carl Blake (Auckland)

Senior Associate

Simpson Grierson

 
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Carl provides strategic advice on all aspects of employment law, including corporate restructures, sales and purchases of businesses, personal grievances, employment agreements and policies, health and safety, human rights and privacy, accident compensation, and collective bargaining. Carl’s work experience, at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Human Rights Commission, gives Carl a broad understanding of ACC issues affecting employers and compliance issues with legislation, such as the Human Rights Act and Privacy Act.

Samantha Turner (Wellington)

Partner

Simpson Grierson

 
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Samantha provides advice on a wide range of employment issues, including bargaining, contract drafting, personal grievances, disputes, restraint-of trade-issues, disciplinary matters, human rights, privacy, accident compensation, health and safety, and the Holidays Act. She also provides strategic advice on restructurings and acquisitions. She has advised on several cases involving stress, bullying, and incompatibility. Samantha's health and safety work includes all aspects of strategy and policy development and incident management.

Kylie Dunn (Auckland & Wellington)

Partner

Russell McVeagh

 
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Kylie has advocacy experience at all levels of the court system. Her practice focuses on advising employers on the protection of confidential information, personal grievances including misconduct and redundancy, employment issues arising on the sale of a business, and issues that arise in the context of relationships with unions, including collective bargaining, industrial action and disputes.

Mere King (Auckland)

Senior Associate

Buddle Findlay

 
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Mere specialises in employment law, providing strategic and practical advice on all aspects of employment law, including drafting and reviewing employment agreements, policies and procedures and advising on personal grievances, restructures and disciplinary matters.

Peter Chemis (Wellington)

Partner

Buddle Findlay

 
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Peter leads Buddle Findlay's national employment team. He specialises in employment law, industrial relations and commercial litigation. Peter's experience spans both private and public sectors and he regularly advises clients on the employment and industrial aspects of large mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and organisational change. 

Jen Howes

Senior Solicitor

Buddle Findlay

 
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Jennifer specialises in employment, health law and civil litigation. She advises public sector, corporate and individual clients on a wide range of general employment matters and has particular expertise advising on privacy law, personal grievances, and compliance with minimum employment standards.

Bridget Smith (Auckland & Wellington)

Partner

SBM Legal

 
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Bridget advises on the full range of employment law issues for both employers and employees alike. She has broad advocacy experience. She has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and makes regular appearances in the specialist employment jurisdictions. Bridget is a regular commentator on employment law issues in publications such as the New Zealand Herald and on stuff.co.nz. 

Cressida Leaman (Auckland)

 

Chapman Tripp

 
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Cressida is a senior solicitor specialising in employment law, with a particular interest in dispute resolution and mediation. Cressida advises both corporates and individuals on the full range of employment and health and safety matters. She has represented clients in mediations,  assisted clients with managing disputes and workplace change and works alongside clients to support and train them on a broad spectrum of employment issues.

Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Wellington)

Partner

Dundas Street

 
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Leading the Dundas Street team, Susan has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist Employment Lawyer. Her extensive experience and formidable reputation combine to make her a respected advocate and adviser,
whether around the bargaining table, acting in disputes or appearing before the court. Susan is often sought out to advise on complex / strategic matters and is seen as a “go to” lawyer for high profile disputes.

Andrew Shaw (Auckland)

Partner

Lane Neave

 
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Andrew is a specialist employment and health & safety lawyer, with significant experience in providing advice and representation in these areas. In health & safety, Andrew was co-counsel in New Zealand’s first defended health and safety case under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. Since then he has advised and represented numerous companies on health and safety matters throughout New Zealand.

Blair Scotland (Wellington)

Partner

Dundas Street

 
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Blair understands both public and private sector client’s business drivers and how to use them effectively in the employment arena. He has worked in-house and externally and his clients appreciate his legal know-how
combined with his pragmatism that only someone who has worked as an in-house employment relations specialist can provide. Blair has a range of practical experience to draw on, which enables him to provide valuable strategic and operational advice to his clients.

Tim Clarke (Auckland)

Partner

Bell Gully

 
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Tim provides expert advice on all aspects of employment law. An experienced health and safety lawyer, Tim advises clients on creating and maintaining a safe workplace, including systems, policies and procedures
that ensure compliance and minimise risk, through to managing health and safety investigations and prosecutions. Tim is also a sought after advisor in
the growing area of privacy law.

Rachael Brown (Wellington)

Partner

Bell Gully

 
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Rachael is a litigator who has experience across a range of areas. She provides advice on public and employment law obligations, and appears as counsel in the Courts and the Employment Relations Authority, and in
mediations. Rachael builds strong relationships with clients and is a trusted advisor to a number of organisations in both the public and private sector.
Rachael has particular expertise in Maori legal issues. 

Simon Lapthorne

Partner

Kiely Thompson Caisley

 
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Simon has particular expertise in employee relations and dispute resolution, disciplinary investigations, performance management, restructuring and redundancies, restraints of trade and confidentiality. He also has significant litigation experience, including health and safety prosecutions.

Joss Opie

Senior Associate

Buddle Findlay

 
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Joss specialises in all aspects of employment law.  He has particular expertise in disciplinary matters, health and safety, restructuring, accident compensation, privacy, holidays and leave, and human rights issues arising in the course of the employment relationship.  His practice also includes advising clients on public, civil and education law issues, and representing clients in general civil litigation.

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