Employment and Industrial Relations


We are widely recognised as having one of the leading employment law teams in New Zealand. The strength of the firm is our depth of specialist expertise. All of our team members are highly respected practitioners in employment law. We do not rely on one or two key people. The team has been consistently and independently acknowledged as being one of the best employment law teams in the country by Asia Pacific Legal 500, an authority on leading law firms in the Asia Pacific region.


Because of the intrinsically human nature of employment law, and because parties to an employment dispute will often have an ongoing relationship, we place strong emphasis on practical dispute resolution. Employment law is frequently changing and as a result the best and most current advice is critical.


Of course, where alternate forms of dispute resolution fail, we have the skills and experience to resolve the matter through litigation, to the highest standard and to the highest level. We regularly appear as counsel in leading employment law cases.


Health and Safety

Employment law and industrial relations are inextricably linked to health and safety.  It is therefore one of our core areas of practice. We have considerable expertise in drafting health and safety policies, dealing with the complex issues involved in drug and alcohol testing and defending prosecutions brought by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Clients can be assured of the depth of knowledge we have in this field.  Our team members have appeared as counsel in a wide-range of health and safety cases, including leading workplace stress, constructive dismissal and drug and alcohol testing cases.



We regularly advise employers, highly skilled individuals, investors and visitors on a range of immigration applications and associated issues.  With offices in Auckland and Wellington, we are committed to providing sound, practical immigration advice and assistance with a commercial focus.


We regularly assist our employer clients who seek visas for key employees (including temporary work and residence visas).  We also regularly liaise with Immigration New Zealand on our client's behalf.  In addition, we provide advice on policy requirements, strategy (such as the best immigration route to apply for) and applications for employer accreditation status with Immigration New Zealand.


We are also able to assist skilled migrants, investors and entrepeneurs who require residence, investment, visitor or student visas for themselves and members of their family.

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.