Stephen Galbreath


Steve specialises in employment law and dispute resolution matters. He provides advice in relation to a wide range of dispute work, including employment, property, debt recovery, insolvency and company law.

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He regularly advises and represents employees and employers when things go wrong, in personal grievances, wage claims and other employment relationship problems. He listens to your concerns and provides robust, pragmatic advice tailored to your needs.

Steve strives to provide sound front-end advice on all aspects of employment law, including employment agreements and entitlements, investigations, and restructures.

He also has extensive experience in debt recovery, insolvency, property, and company matters. Steve regularly acts for creditors, liquidators, directors and can help you navigate matters such as statutory demands, liquidation, bankruptcy, shareholder oppression claims, breaches of director duties, and commercial lease disputes.

Steve appears in negotiations, mediations, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal

Recent highlights

  • Successfully negotiating settlement of a complex and multi-faceted wage arrears claim, involving multiple employees.

  • Advising and representing liquidator in High Court proceedings to set aside and recover insolvent transactions.

  • Acting in proceedings in the High Court involving breach of warranty claims on the sale of commercial property.

  • Supporting clients through contentious employment investigations and personal grievances.


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