Health & Safety Law

The ADLS Health & Safety Law Committee will monitor the emerging legal development as cases progress under the new Health and Safety in Employment Act. The Committee has a national composition of key players in the field including members representing Worksafe, insurers, the NZ Council of Trade Unions as well as private practice lawyers. The Committee will endeavour to assist the profession by way of regular updates, articles and training on the practical implications for the profession of the many anticipated developments in health and safety legislation, policy and case law.

The Health & Safety Law Committee was established by the ADLS January 2016.  Whilst historically health and safety law has sat primarily within the remit of our Employment Law Committee, with the new health and safety laws that came into effect on 4 April 2016, the Council considered that the time was right to create a specialised committee to provide expert and practical advice for our members. The Committee will monitor the reforms and unfolding case law, raise awareness of key health and safety law issues and their implications for our members and their clients, and engage with Government departments and other stakeholder organisations and professionals.

ABOUT THIS COMMITTEE

To consider any matters relating to health and safety  law affecting Members of ADLS and to report to the Council of ADLS on such matters.

To liaise directly with government agencies and institutions on health and safety law issues to promote good legal practice in the interests of the profession and the public.

To prepare submissions on behalf of ADLS on health and safety law issues and to liaise with the President on statements to the profession or the public.

Barrister

Fletcher Pilditch (Convenor)

Fletcher Pilditch joined the independent bar in 2014, before which he was the Crown Solicitor for Rotorua for eight years. He acts for clients in a wide range of regulatory/criminal, civil and public law litigation, including health and safety enforcement litigation. Fletcher has appeared extensively as an advocate in both trial and appellate Courts at all levels.

Phone 09 600 5503 - Email pilditch@richmonchambers.co.nz
New Zealand Airline Pilots Assoc. Inc.

Clare Abaffy

Clare is in house solicitor at the New Zealand Airline Pilots’ Association. Prior to her present position she specialised in employment law with Bell Gully, worked as sole in house counsel for a large private sector union and as Research Counsel for the Judges of the Employment Court.

Phone 09 255 1500 - Email clare.abaffy@nzalpa.org.nz
Hazel Armstrong Law

Hazel Armstrong

Hazel is a partner in Hazel Armstrong Law. The firm specialises in ACC, health and safety and employment law. Hazel has expertise in accident investigation, risk assessment, and injury prevention. She has a particular interest in supporting the victims of workplace accidents in prosecutions and in seeking reparations for those injured.

Phone 04 473 6767 - Email hazel@hazelarmstronglaw.co.nz
Bell Gully

Tim Clarke

Phone 09 916 8800 - Email tim.clarke@bellgully.com
Duncan Cotterill

Robert Coltman

Rob is a partner at Duncan Cotterill. He has practised in the areas of employment, insurance law and commercial disputes for over 25 years. Rob advises insurers and business owners on liability issues and has a particular interest in statutory liability under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Phone 09 915 2417 - Email rob.coltman@duncancotterill.com
Chapman Tripp

Garth Gallaway

Phone 027 507 5390 - Email garth.gallaway@chapmantripp.com
Barrister

Brett Harris

Brett is a member of the NZ Insurance Law Association (NZILA), the NZ Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and a qualified mediator (AAMINZ). He has had a special interest in health & safety law for over 15 years, and is regularly engaged by insurers and private clients to defend, provide strategic advice and oversee the defence in regulatory Health & Safety matters.

Phone 09 379 3300 - Email brett@quaychambers.co.nz
Fortune Manning

Shafraz Khan

Phone 09 915 2401 - Email shafraz.khan@fortunemanning.co.nz
Delta Insurance

Petra Lucioli

Phone 09 300 0165 - Email petra@deltainsurance.co.nz
Barrister

Timothy Mackenzie

Phone 027 276 1897 - Email tim.mackenzie@canterburychambers.co.nz
Barrister

Samuel Moore

Email samuelmoore@45chancery.co.nz
Kensington Swan

Grant Nicholson

Grant is a Partner at Kensington Swan and leads their specialist health and safety team, working on a broad range of health and safety matters. This includes advising on governance, leadership, compliance and responding to workplace incidents. Grant regularly appears as counsel in courts and inquests.

Phone 09 375 1198 - Email grant.nicholson@kensingtonswan.com
Worksafe NZ

Susan Petricevic

Sue joined WorkSafe NZ in early 2014 as Principal Legal Advisor, litigation. In this role she oversees and prosecutes cases under the Health and Safety legislation on behalf of WorkSafe. Prior to this, Sue was a Senior Crown Prosecutor with Meredith Connell (the Crown Solicitor’s Office, Auckland) and NZ Customs, taking many diverse criminal matters to trial.

Phone 027 742 8672 - Email sue.petricevic@worksafe.govt.nz
Simpson Grierson

John Rooney

Phone 021 499 365 - Email john.rooney@simpsongrierson.com
Argosy Property

David Snelling

David has been the General Counsel for Argosy Property Limited since 2011. His prior experience includes commercial and compliance focused roles in the public sector and private practice.

Phone 09 304 3482 - Email dsnelling@argosy.co.nz
Meredith Connell

Stephen Symon

Phone 09 336 7500 - Email steve.symon@mc.co.nz
Barrister

Paul White

Paul regularly acts for private clients and insurers on H&S matters. He has acted on some of NZ’s most prominent health and safety matters including the Pike River Mining Royal Commission, the Mangatepopo gorging tragedy, and acting for Canadian Pacific Ltd following the Onehunga pipeline explosion.

Phone 09 374 1665 - Email paul@paulwhitelaw.co.nz
Worksafe NZ

Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson is currently Deputy Chair of Worksafe NZ and has a longstanding interest in workplace health and safety as a lawyer, a union leader and on advisory bodies to Government, including membership of the Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health in the 1980s and as Deputy Chair and Chair of ACC.

Phone 027 446 8767 - Email wilsonross@xtra.co.nz