Mark Lawlor


I specialise in employment law and health and safety. I have particular expertise providing strategic advice to employers, senior executives and human resource managers on complex and sensitive matters. I have extensive experience as an advocate in personal grievance claims, conducting private negotiations on behalf of clients, and appearing before the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.

I have advised some of New Zealand’s leading organisations and iconic brands on all aspects of their employment needs. I have a strong base of knowledge across a number of industry sectors, including IT, manufacturing, FMCG, insurance, logistics and education.

Many of my clients do business in New Zealand and Australia. I have relationships with a number of Australian law firms and work closely with them to ensure that mutual clients receive strong advice across their trans-Tasman operations.

Recent work includes advising:

  • An Asian-based multinational on its engagement of New Zealand based employees and their terms and conditions.
  • A large Australian company on its growing New Zealand operation and its employment obligations, including in respect to health and safety.
  • On a significant and complex disciplinary investigation into allegations of bullying and sexual harassment against a senior executive of a large New Zealand corporate.
  • The New Zealand base of a FMCG multinational in relation to allegations of serious misconduct a including conflict of interest against a senior executive.

I value being on-site with clients and offer in-house training directly to senior managers or wider staff when required. My team and I regularly present to clients and industry bodies on employment topics and the impacts of proposed changes to health and safety legislation. Recent audiences include members of the Institute of Directors and the Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand.

Outside of the firm I am on the board of YMCA Auckland Incorporated.