Dutch Ambassador Visits KTC

The Ambassador of the Netherlands to New Zealand, HE Rob Zaagman visited KTC last week. He is pictured on the left, with Partner, Peter Kiely ONZM on the right. 

Youngest KTC Team Member Graduates 

KTC law clerk Darren Gunasekara graduated last Tuesday at the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts conjoint. Pictured at the ceremony with Darren is the Dean of Law, Professor Andrew Stockley as well as University of Auckland Council member and KTC Partner Peter Kiely. 

Lecture by the Rt Hon Sir David Lloyd Jones QC

Senior partner and member of the University of Auckland Council, Peter Kiely ONZM at the lecture by the Rt Hon Sir David Lloyd Jones QC, a Lord Justice of Appeal in the UK. The lecture was on the acts of foreign states and non-justiciability in UK foreign relations law. Pictured from right to left: Peter Kiely ONZM, Sir David Lloyd Jones QC, and Professor Andrew Stockley, Dean of the University of Auckland Law School. 


Important Jurisdiction Case - Full Court 

Partner, Peter Kiely ONZM and Senior Associate, Scott Worthy recently appeared in the Employment Court in an important case about the Court's jurisdiction. 

The full Court found that it has jurisdiction to find a person in contempt of court for breaching a search order. The Court considered this contempt power was necessary to enforce its statutory power to grant a search order. 


KTC Successfully Represents Air New Zealand in the Supreme Court 

Kiely Thompson Caisley represented Air New Zealand in the Supreme Court in a case against the New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association. The case was about the interpretation of a clause in a collective agreement. 

To read a summary, click here 


KTC Prize Presented at the University of Auckland 

The prize sponsored by KTC and awarded to the winners of the Employment Law Moot at the University of Auckland was awarded in May this year. Coincidentally, one of the winners of this moot, Darren Gunasekara is now a law clerk at the firm. The competition is judged by lawyers from the firm, and the final round was judged by former Chief Judge Travis and KTC partner David France. The prize was presented by Professor Andrew Stockley, Dean of Law at the University of Auckland. 

See the video here


KTC Featured in "LawNews"

The firm is featured in the latest edition of the Auckland District Law Society's newsletter "LawNews" for two big events over the past month - Peter's Investiture ceremony in Wellington and the firm's 20th Anniversary celebration. You can see it here on page 7 of the newsletter


Formal Presentation of Peter Kiely's Honour at Investiture Ceremony

Last week Peter Kiely ONZM attended the formal investiture ceremony in Wellington. He was officially presented with his honour (Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit) by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

See the video here


Peter with Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice

Peter with Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice 

Wrongful Dismissal Claim Against NZ Bus Not Upheld   

Kiely Thompson Caisley recently represented NZ Bus in a case involving a driver who was fired for assaulting a passenger who told him he was going the wrong way.

Read about it here 


Peter Kiely Appointed to ONZM 

The Auckland District Law Society recognised Peter Kiely's recent new years honour, in which he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Read about it here 




Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Peter Kiely provides expert advice in a series of discussions with Michael Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Discussion on Abandonment and Misconduct

Topics covered in this discussion include termination of an employee who hasn't turned up for work, and the difference between misconduct and serious misconduct. 


See the video here 

Discussion on Restructuring and Redundancy 

Topics covered in this discussion include employer obligations for implementing a redundancy, such as the requirement for a genuine business reason to restructure, the requirement to communicate accurate financial information to affected employees, and restructuring the role of an employee who is already on performance management.

See the video here   


Discussion on Holidays Act Issues

Topics covered in this discussion include employer obligations, arrears claims, entitlements, cashing up leave on your balance sheet, directing when leave is taken, compliance, best practice and much more. 

See the video here

Panel Discussion 

Peter Kiely was part of a panel discussion about current employment issues at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. The discussion acts as a short guide containing advice on what employers should do. 

See the video here. 

Book Launch 

The 4th edition of Guide to Holidays and Leave was launched at Kiely Thompson Caisley.


The Honourable Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety, and Consulting Editor Peter Kiely spoke about issues arising out of the Holidays Act and recent amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act.

Dr Bill Hodge of the University of Auckland law school provided an entertaining commentary. 


The book is available on the Wolters Kluwer wesbite, at:


 Hon Michael Woodhouse speaks at book launch

Hon Michael Woodhouse speaks at book launch 


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Added: 18 / 07 / 2017

Costly Claims from Gross Error and "Gut Feel" Redundancy

A recent Employment Court judgment has provided guidance for employers in relation to bonus payments and redundancy processes. 

Added: 11 / 05 / 2017

Changes to NZ Immigration Requirements

The Government has announced a number of propsed changes to Immigration Policy, including changes to the remuneration requirements to obtain certain visas, and a special pathway to residence for certain visa holders in the South Island.