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 recognised as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory for my employment law work, and was was listed by NZ Lawyer in 2021 as a "Rising Star". I also 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.