Matt Hutcheson


I specialise in employment and health and safety law. I have worked in dispute resolution for the entirety of my career, covering a wide range of civil, criminal, regulatory, employment and health and safety disputes. In recent years, I have refined my practice to focus on employment and health and safety.

I have acted for a broad range of clients including corporates, schools, start-ups, trusts and individual clients on workplace issues, from front end guidance to dispute resolution and representation 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 and triangular employment arrangements
  • Personal grievances and employment litigation
  • Privacy and human rights
  • Official information requests and Ombudsman proceedings
  • Health and safety advice, including officer duties
  • WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions

I pride myself on providing advice with an outcome that is commercially minded and tailored to protect the client well after the ink dries on the settlement agreement.

I present at seminars and provide in-house training to clients. I am also a committee member of the Auckland branch of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, working to upskill and connect HR professionals across the region.