Jonny Sanders

Senior Associate

Jonny is a specialist employment lawyer with broad ranging experience and expertise. He enjoys getting alongside clients to deliver practical advice and find solutions for them.

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Jonny assists clients with all aspects of employment and health and safety law, including personal grievances, redundancy and disciplinary processes, performance management, medical incapacity, restraints of trade, bullying and harassment, holidays and leave, and privacy.

He has extensive experience in negotiation and mediation, and has represented clients in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.

Intellectual Property

In his intellectual property practice, he manages and protects the intellectual property portfolios of a range of New Zealand, Australian and international businesses, assisting with trade mark portfolio protection and strategies, trade marks and licensing, copyright issues and publishing.

In particular, Scott manages local and international trade mark clearance and registration programmes for domestic and foreign clients and associates, in particular from the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Commercial & Corporate

Scott’s commercial and corporate practice consists of assisting clients with corporate structuring (including shareholder agreements and constitutions), capital raising, joint ventures and commercial contracting.

He also assists a number of government entities and not-for-profit clients with their property and commercial procurement and contracting.

Charities, Not-For-Profit and Families Office

In addition to being an experienced trustee and not-for-profit governor himself, Scott advises a number of trustees and organisations on their duties and responsibilities as governors.


He also assists a number of high-net-worth families with their structuring, trust management and private investment portfolios.


Scott leads the firm’s not-for-profit practice and feels privileged to assist some of the most iconic and some of the newest charities and not-for-profit entities in New Zealand, including IHC New Zealand Incorporated, New Zealand Red Cross, Barnardos, Deaf Aotearoa, Student Job Search and United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand.

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