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A new health and safety regime came into effect on 4 April 2016. Preparing clients for, and advising them on, the new reforms will be essential for many lawyers. This On Demand seminar sheds light on the new legislation, provide insights into how WorkSafe will enforce the regime, and offers advice on how best to comply with the provisions of the Act as well as how to deal with prosecutions if they occur. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the new legal duties which will apply under the legislation (including the obligations of due diligence for officers) and how they can be met by your clients.
  • Learn about the functions and powers of WorkSafe’s health and safety inspectors and the approach which they can be expected to take when dealing with duty holders.
  • Understand the penalty regime which will apply under the legislation and the new enforcement powers which will be available.

Who should view?

Health and safety lawyers, in-house counsel, employment lawyers, civil litigators, insurance litigators, criminal lawyers, those advising on company and governance issues as well as general practitioners and commercial lawyers.


Fletcher Pilditch
Barrister, Richmond Chambers

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.

Mike Hargreaves
Chief Legal Adviser, WorkSafe

Mike has been the Chief Legal Advisor for WorkSafe since its establishment in December 2013.  He is a member of the WorkSafe Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for the provision of legal advice to the organisation and its Board.  Mike leads a team of in-house lawyers who are based in Wellington and Auckland.

Mike has a long history in health and safety.  He joined the Department of Labour's legal team in 2002 as a solicitor, becoming a senior solicitor in 2006. In these roles, Mike prosecuted many cases under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre following the Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy in 2008.  Mike later became the Director of Litigation for the Department of Labour and then the Manager Litigation for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

Sam Moore
Associate, Meredith Connell

Sam is a health and safety specialist lawyer having been involved in the Pike River mine disaster as well as most aspects of contentious and non-contentious health and safety briefs. His experience includes working for various health and safety regulators as well as many of New Zealand's largest public sector organisations and private companies. Sam is a member of NZISM and the newly established ADLS Health and Safety Focus Committee. Sam also provides regular commentary and training on health and safety law for leading organisation and media.


Rob Coltman
Fortune Manning