I am a litigation and dispute resolution specialist, and lead the Wellington employment and health and safety teams. I am recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner' by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 legal directory for my work in labour and employment, with clients describing me as "clear, approachable and practical"; and I was also recognised as a rising star by NZ Lawyer 2021.
Health and safety
I am regularly instructed on complex workplace incidents involving fatalities and serious harm across the country in range of industries including agriculture, construction, education, forestry, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation. I have defended at least 75 PCBU’s in WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions.
I have experience in auditing health and safety management systems for legal risk, providing legal opinions on compliance, the development and implementation of policies/procedures and conducting internal accident investigations. I have provided training and workshops for Boards, senior leadership teams and managers in large corporates, SME’s, insurers, and the public and not for profit sectors.
My employment law practice covers the full spectrum of employment law including contentious and non-contentious matters.
I act for employers and employees and provide advice and representation on all aspects of employment law including disciplinary and performance matters, restructuring and redundancy procedures, personal grievances, restraint of trade disputes, protection of IP/confidential information and human rights issues and am able to be appointed as an independent investigator.
Insurance and civil litigation
I act for a number of insurers on statutory liability (health and safety/resource management), employment disputes liability, professional complaints and disciplinary claims providing both indemnity advice and defence for insureds.
I have appeared in the District Court and High Court and a number of specialist Tribunals, including coronial inquires.