DLA Piper New Zealand

Employment Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Global firm known for its practical expertise in the employment aspects of international acquisitions and divestments. Advises on outsourcing agreements and the transfer of staff across jurisdictions, and handles contentious matters such as personal grievances and disciplinary actions for long-term clients. Also skilled in reviewing employment documentation and adapting to local legislative changes regarding health and safety compliance and industrial relations.

Strengths An interviewee praises the quality throughout the team, noting: "They all do a really good job helping us develop employment contracts and agreements. Each and every one of them is very good."

Another interviewee describes a "quality firm that strives to add value for its clients."

Work highlights Instructed by Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion brand, to advise on all employment and health and safety matters, including contracts and policy drafting, personal grievances and collective bargaining and agreements.

Advised Finzsoft on the outsourcing of its services division to Datacom, involving the transfer of a large number of technical staff in both New Zealand and Australia.

Notable practitioners

John Hannan has a diverse knowledge base and utilises his experience in contentious employment matters for local and international organisations. An interviewee highlights his "substantial amounts of experience," and adds: "He has seen a lot of different scenarios and situations, and he always makes himself available." He regularly defends health and safety prosecutions and advises employers on their obligations regarding data protection and employee privacy.

Laura Scampion is developing a strong reputation for he handling of non-contentious matters such as outsourcing and restructuring projects as well as employment disputes and disciplinary actions. She is commended as an "extremely knowledgeable" practitioner who "engages as a genuine business partner in applying her skills."