Employment Law

The ADLS Employment Law Committee represents practitioners in regular meetings with judges, mediators, Government departments and other employment-related institutions such as trade unions. Committee Members regularly publish articles and have implemented initiatives such as a pro-bono Assistance Scheme for unrepresented litigants in the Employment Court. It runs a full programme of events including the “Burning Issues” seminars, the Employment Law dinner and various conferences. It is one of the biggest and most vibrant ADLS committees and attracts lawyers with a passion for all aspects of employment law.

The Employment Law Committee is comprised of practitioners whose practice is largely or solely involved with employment law. Members are typically practitioners from the large law firms, smaller and boutique firms, and barristers. The Committee meets monthly and sub-committees that have been assigned tasks by the Committee meet as required for the specific tasks assigned. 

Purpose:

  • To identify and discuss issues and bring these to the attention of the relevant organisations and bodies, e.g. Employment Court, Employment Relations Authority, Mediation Service, Government departments. 
  • To promote regular communication between ADLS practitioners and the judiciary, tribunal members, mediators and other stakeholders. 

Issues:

Any and all issues concerning the administration and procedures of the employment law judicial and legislative organisations. 

The Committee meets annually with senior representatives of the Employment Court, Employment Relations Authority and Mediation Services to discuss topics of interest relating to each of those bodies. Items of general interest are reported in LawNews. 

The Committee assists with the planning and organisation of the ADLS Employment Law Conference, which has been held annually in recent years. The Committee also assists in the planning and organisation of other seminars, including the annual Burning Issues in Employment Law Forum which is always well-attended by those who specialise in employment law. 

The Committee also provides the means by which practitioners are brought together at a social level. A Bar dinner is held each year for practitioners having a particular interest in employment law. These are usually attended by Judges of the Employment Court and others with an interest in this area of law, and this annual event has proved very popular. The Committee also hosts other functions to mark special occasions, e.g. a Bar dinner on the retirement of the former Chief Judge of the Employment Court. 

Input from Profession: 
We encourage fellow members to channel their suggestions or concerns through the Secretary for the Committee, the Convenor for the Committee or fellow Committee members.

Barrister

Catherine Stewart (Convenor)

Phone 021 500 768 - Email catherine@catherinestewart.co.nz
Copeland Ashcroft Law - Tauranga Branch

Kate Ashcroft

Phone 07 577 8661 - Email kate.ashcroft@copelandashcroft.co.nz
Bell Gully

Elizabeth Coates

Phone 09 916 8800 - Email liz.coats@bellgully.com
Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern)

Matthew Dearing

Matt has been with the legal team at the Employers’ and Manufactures’ Association (Northern) Inc. since 2011. He previously worked exclusively for employers in Christchurch before that, as Legal Advisor to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Matt holds a Master of Laws and was admitted in 2005.

Phone 09 367 0900 - Email matthew.dearing@ema.co.nz
Barrister

Mark Donovan

Mark Donovan is a barrister specialising in employment-related matters and disputes, including mediation, appearances before the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and advising on employment agreements, as well as acting in relation to other civil disputes, including liquidations, restraints of trade, confidential information and regulatory investigations.

Phone 09 550 9854 - Email mail@markdonovan.co.nz
Kensington Swan

Anthony Drake

Phone 09 379 4196 - Email anthony.drake@kensingtonswan.com
LangtonHudsonButcher Lawyers

Angela Evans

Phone 09 916 2595 - Email aevans@lhb.co.nz
Barrister

Helen Gilbert

Phone 09 912 9245 - Email helen@hgilbert.co.nz
Mortlock McCormack Law

Tony Herring

Tony is a Partner at Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch practicing in the areas of Commercial and Property Law, with an emphasis on Commercial Leasing and Employment. He acts for a number of Crown clients as a member of the All of Government Property Law Panel and is a Notary Public for the South Island.

Phone 03 377 2900 - Email tony@mmlaw.co.nz
Buddle Findlay

Merepaia King

Phone 09 363 1348 - Email mere.king@buddlefindlay.com
Kiely Thompson Caisley

Simon Lapthorne

Phone 09 366 5161 - Email lapthorne@ktc.co.nz
SBM Legal

Matthew McGoldrick

Phone 09 520 8700 - Email matthew@sbmlegal.co.nz
E tu Incorporated

Anne-Marie McInally

Phone 09 303 9000 - Email anne-marie.mcinally@etu.nz
Garry Pollak & Co Ltd

Garry Pollak

Phone 09 302 2117 - Email gpollak@garrypollak.co.nz
Simpson Grierson

Rebecca Rendle

Rebecca is an Associate in Simpson Grierson's Employment Law Group. Rebecca is experienced in all aspects of employment law including acting for employers and employees in personal grievance claims, regularly attending mediations, providing seminars and training for clients on employment law matters and advising on restructuring and disciplinary processes.

Phone 09 358 2222 - Email rebecca.rendle@simpsongrierson.com
Workplace Law

Margaret Robins

Phone 09 631 5553 - Email mrobins@workplacelaw.co.nz
Anjela Sharma Barrister & Solicitor

Anjela Sharma

Phone 09 375 8700 - Email anjela.sharma@xtra.co.nz
Hesketh Henry

Jodi Sharman

Jodi Sharman is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team at Hesketh Henry. Jodi’s principal area of practice is Employment Law but she also practices in civil and commercial litigation. Jodi is experienced in working with and advising employees, employers and unions on a full range of employment law issues and litigation matters.

Phone 09 375 8700 - Email jodi.sharman@heskethhenry.co.nz
Queens Counsel

Philip Skelton QC

Philip Skelton is a barrister at Bankside Chambers specialising in employment law and general litigation. Prior to joining the independent bar in 2006, Philip was a partner at Russell McVeagh for 14 years during which he was head of that firm’s Employment Law and General litigation practice groups.

Phone 09 307 9966 - Email philip@philipskelton.co.nz
Air New Zealand Limited

Courtney Walker

Phone 09 336 2400 - Email courtney.walker@airnz.co.nz
27 Oct 2017

Employment Court - Costs Guidelines

Submission to Chief Judge Inglis on the Employment Court Costs Guidelines

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02 Nov 2012

Civil Fees Review: A public consultation paper

A submission to the Ministry of Justice on the discussion document: Civil Fees Review, specifically the section on Employment Court fee proposals

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19 Jul 2013

Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.

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