Alastair Espie

Senior Associate

I am a specialist employment lawyer who excels in delivering solution-focused advice that gets results.   

I work closely with employees and employers, including a number of New Zealand’s most significant private and public sector entities, and my expertise covers all manner of workplace issues including:

  • Disciplinary and dismissal processes
  • Independent investigations
  • Performance management
  • Medical incapacity
  • Restructuring, business closures and redundancy
  • Collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts
  • Restraints of trade
  • Holidays and leave
  • Employment agreements and policies
  • Independent contractor arrangements
  • Cross-border disputes
  • Privacy and human rights
  • Health and Safety

I regularly represent clients at mediation and in the Courts. I am also engaged to undertake independent investigations into workplace complaints, and to act as the employer advocate in collective bargaining with major unions.

I have been listed as an 'Associate to Watch' by Chambers and Partners 2023 and am recognised as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 2023 legal directories for my employment law work. I was also listed by NZ Lawyer in 2021 as a "Rising Star". I present at seminars and provide in-house training to clients and am on the editorial board of the Lexis Nexis Employment Law Bulletin.