Dundas Street Employment Lawyers

Employment Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Strong Wellington-based employment boutique noted for its expertise on a range of complex matters, including employee dismissals and internal reviews. Also has a specialist practice in industrial relations matters and collective bargaining agreements, including preventing strike action. Counts many of New Zealand's largest employers among its clients, including a significant number of government entities. Provides regular presentations and seminars on legislative changes and reforms, and the regulations that employers are required to meet.

Strengths Practical application of the law is a key strength identified by multiple referees. One client confirms: "They provide pragmatic solutions, where they truly partner with you to deliver those solutions. They work on site and fully integrate into our work for periods of time."

Another source values the availability and responsiveness of the lawyers: "We get good, robust face-to-face discussions about matters, and their response is excellent."

Work highlights Negotiated on behalf of all District Health Boards to renew a collective employment agreement with the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Acted for the Inland Revenue Department defending a claim brought by the New Zealand Public Services Association regarding the redeployment phase of an organisational change process.

Notable practitioners

Blair Scotland advises private businesses and public sector clients, including District Health Boards and national government agencies, on employment litigation mandates. He is recommended for his "great eye for detail," and one client says: "He is able to relate really well to people. I feel comfortable being able to take everyone from junior managers to the CEO to speak with him on key projects."

Susan Hornsby-Geluk is lauded as a dynamic negotiator and litigator, sought after for her adept handling of collective bargaining and strike action. A client remarks: "We have complete confidence that she can deliver on any employment issue and the solution will be viable. Where we have made mistakes, she has been honest with us and resolved the issue, and would always be my preferred representative in litigation matters."