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.


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.


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
Bell Gully

Tim Clarke

Tim is a litigation partner at Bell Gully. He leads the firm’s national employment and workplace safety team. Tim advises clients on all aspects of health and safety law, including governance and safety leadership, responding to workplace incidents, managing health and safety investigations, and applying for enforceable undertakings.

Phone 09 916 8800 - Email
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

Shane Elliot

Phone 021 839 456 - Email

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
Copeland Ashcroft Law

Myriam Mitchell

Myriam is a Senior Associate with Copeland Ashcroft Law. She has over 11 years’ experience in employment, health and safety and insurance law, and dispute resolution. She is passionate about getting straight to the issue and gaining an early understanding of a client’s requirements, focusing on achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Phone 06 872 9248 - Email

Lucy Moffitt

Phone 021 268 0503 - Email

Samuel Moore

Anthony Harper

Grant Nicholson

Grant is a Partner at Anthony Harper 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 09 356 2621 - Email

Susan Petricevic

Phone 09 379 8330 - Email
Simpson Grierson

John Rooney

Phone 021 499 365 - Email
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

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