Mark Lawlor


Mark is an experienced employment law practitioner with many years’ experience in employment law, workplace disputes and health and safety.

He provides strategic advice to employers, senior executives and human resource managers on complex and sometimes sensitive employment laws issues. Mark has extensive experience as an advocate in personal grievance claims, conducting private negotiations on behalf of employers, and appearing before the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.




See more

Mark advises some of New Zealand’s leading organisations and iconic brands on all aspects of their employment law needs. While many of his clients are global operations that do business in New Zealand and Australia, Mark also works closely with several not-for-profit organisations on their full suite of workplace issues. He has strong relationships with a number of Australian firms and works closely with them to ensure  mutual clients receive practical and commercial advice across their trans-Tasman operations.

Throughout his practice Mark has developed a base of knowledge across a number of industry sectors including security, air transport, IT, manufacturing, FMCG, retail and fitness/recreation.

Recent highlights

  • Representing Cathay Pacific in litigation involving pilot retirement and jurisdiction issues, including appearing in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Advising a FMCG multinational company on the closure of its long-standing NZ manufacturing operations and the resulting redundancies.
  • Advising an Australasian company on a complex workplace investigation into allegations of bullying and sexual harassment against a senior executive.
  • Advising a New Zealand company in regard to allegations of serious misconduct including conflict of interest against a senior executive.
  • Advising a New Zealand airline on collective bargaining, employment agreements, rest and meal breaks and employment disputes.
  • Advising a New Zealand Sporting Body on athlete selection dispute and selector duties.
  • Representing a Post-Treaty Settlement Entity, and its Iwi, on an application by its former Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager) for interim reinstatement and damages.  

Mark's insights

Taking your Australian business across the Tasman? Here are 10 key things to know

15 May 2023

Incorporated Societies Act 2022 Changes - Information Hub

18 November 2022

Govt’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme - yet another business cost or a sensible solution?

26 October 2022

We're driven by our values

They drive our client relationships and connections with our community, and underpin our achievements.

He tāngata

  • Board member of YMCA North
  • Present to clients on employment issues such as bullying and sexual harassment


  • Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory


  • Present to industry bodies on employment topics

How can we help?

Get in touch.

* indicates required fields

Your personal information will only be used to service your enquiry. We will only contact you with relevant information. For further information view our full Privacy Policy.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.