It's no secret that employees are one of your organisation's biggest assets. Yet, they do come with risk. It’s important to comply with legislative requirements, especially given the frequency of change.
Recognised as employment specialists in numerous legal directories, we have one of the largest employment teams in New Zealand so we can provide practical legal advice on all your employment-related matters.
We can help you with employee and industrial relations, HR, employment law, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, restructuring and redundancies, managing poor performance and long term illness, Holidays Act advice, executive remuneration, health and safety, immigration law, privacy issues, and equal employment opportunities and discrimination law.
We have a reputation for providing high quality, strategic assistance. We pride ourselves on understanding your business – which allows us to give you advice that is practical, easy to understand, commercial and easily implemented.
Our firm has a global network of offices so we can connect you with experts to assist with your global HR and legal needs. We’ll make sure you are kept updated with the latest employment developments by providing regular training courses and seminars, plus e-newsletter updates.
Who can help
Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Aaron is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, sports law and employment law. Aaron leads our sports law practice, and is a member of the firm’s health and safety and public law teams.
Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations. He is recognised by both clients, and his peers, for being able to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity for our clients. His ability has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences.
In 2017 Aaron was named by Chambers & Partners (Asia Pacific) as one of New Zealand’s leading sports lawyers, and has been recognised for his employment and sports law expertise in other legal directories including Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who.
Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland.
Partner - Employment
Gillian is an experienced advocate with a pragmatic approach that is highly valued by clients. She helps clients manage risks and protect business proprietary interests. Gillian negotiates executive severance arrangements and represents clients in personal grievance claims through all levels of the New Zealand court system.
Her broad employment practice includes advising on restraints of trade and protection of confidential information; industrial relations and collective bargaining matters; restructuring programmes including outsourcing, redundancy and consultation processes; and health and safety matters.
Gillian is an internationally recognised employment law specialist, with significant experience practicing in top tier law firms in New Zealand, Scotland and England.
Partner - Employment and Public Law
Megan leads both the public law team and the Wellington employment team and acts for both public and private sector clients. She has practiced law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London, and sits on the partnership’s board.
Her practice traverses strategic, litigious and time-critical day-to-day advice on all aspects of Public law and Employment related law. Megan regularly acts for numerous government departments and crown entities (including central government education agencies).
Bringing significant experience to all employment related matters, Megan regularly advises on drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, minimum standards compliance, secondments, fixed term employment, KiwiSaver, collective bargaining, independent contractor arrangements, establishing business in NZ and recruiting staff, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations.
As a recognised expert in Employment law, Megan is on the Editorial Boards of employment publications and is also the co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter. As a recognised expert in Public Law, Megan is also an external member of the Legislation, Design and Advisory Committee (which is an appointment by the Attorney General).
Megan is also a Public Law expert and advises on exercise of statutory powers, legislative drafting, discrimination and judicial review proceedings, risk management and legal compliance and governance.
Megan’s leading expertise across Employment and Public Law is consistently noted in independent national and international peer guides, including Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.
She also has specialist expertise in PPPs having acted for the Ministry of Defence (UK) on their defence procurement and Railtrack plc on the privatisation of the UK railway.
Special Counsel - Employment
Emma, a Special Counsel in the Wellington Employment team, has been with the firm since 2002. Emma undertakes a wide variety of work in the areas of employment law, health and safety, public law and education law.
Emma’s areas of expertise span both contentious and non-contentious issues, including drafting employment documentation, representing both private and public sector employers at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and providing legal opinions on employment, health and safety, and public law issues.
Emma assists clients with employment due diligence and provides advice on all employment-related aspects of taking on new staff, or buying or transferring a business. She also assists clients with employment issues arising in the context of receiverships. Emma has extensive experience assisting employers to carry out restructuring, poor performance and disciplinary processes.
Senior Associate - Employment
June has broad experience in all aspects of both New Zealand and English employment law. June regularly advises on senior executive appointments and terminations; restraints of trade and protection of confidential information; performance and disciplinary processes; restructuring, redundancy and outsourcing programmes; industrial relations and collective bargaining matters; whistleblowing and protected disclosures; and employee data privacy issues. June has been involved in litigation at all levels of the New Zealand court system, both in relation to substantive disputes and urgent interlocutory matters. June has significant experience in acting for both private and listed companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and food and beverage sectors.
June recently returned to New Zealand, having practiced at a magic circle firm in London for several years, and at another top tier New Zealand law firm prior to that. During her time in London, June regularly advised leading private equity houses and FTSE100 companies on employment law and regulatory issues.
Senior Associate - Employment
Chris has extensive experience advising corporate clients on a wide range of employment and health and safety matters.
With a background in commercial litigation, Chris regularly represents clients in mediations and in proceedings before the Employment Relations Authority and the courts. He advises on all employment related matters, including statutory compliance, restraints of trade, disciplinary investigations, restructuring processes, personal grievances, poor performance, leave entitlements, employment agreements and policies, industrial relations, and workplace health and safety.
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