Alastair Espie

Senior Associate

I am a specialist employment lawyer in Duncan Cotterill’s Auckland office, and provide strategic advice on a broad range of workplace issues including:

  • Disciplinary and dismissal processes
  • Independent investigations
  • Performance management
  • Medical incapacity
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts
  • Restraints of trade
  • Holidays and leave
  • Agreements and policies
  • Independent contractor arrangements
  • Privacy and human rights
  • Health and Safety

Before joining Duncan Cotterill, I was part of a leading specialist employment law firm in Wellington, and have worked closely with a number of New Zealand’s most significant private and public sector entities. I regularly represent clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and in the Employment Court. I have also been engaged to undertake independent investigations into workplace complaints, and to act as the employer advocate in collective bargaining with major unions.

I present at seminars and provide in-house training to clients, am on the editorial board of the Lexis Nexis Employment Law Bulletin and am a member of the Auckland District Law Society Employment Law Committee.

I am recognised as a rising star by NZ Lawyer 2021.