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Dundas Street Employment Lawyers

Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 2New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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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. Advises on a range of compliance and regulatory issues within the employment sector. 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

One source particularly appreciates that practice members "are very efficient, pragmatic and knowledgeable," further adding: "The team are friendly and we consider them to be trusted advisers."

Another reports that the lawyers' advice is "incisive, focused, pragmatic, useful and cost-effective."

Work highlights

Represented the New Zealand Police Association in proceedings against the New Zealand Police, challenging the latter's practice of rotating police officers to temporary roles for the alleged purpose of avoiding its contractual obligation to pay motor vehicle allowances.

Notable practitioners

Blair Scotland has extensive experience of advising on workplace investigations and health and safety incidents. One interviewee observes: "Blair is no-nonsense, direct and very knowledgeable of employment law matters. He can be relied on to be responsive and timely."

David Traylor enjoys "a very good reputation" for his handling of a broad range of employment and industrial relation disputes.

Rosalind Webby often advises employers on high-profile exits and terminations. She is also noted for her experience in industrial relation matters. One client appreciates that her "advice is always tailored and pragmatic." Another finds that she is "extremely easy to engage with," adding: "She listens to what we are trying to achieve, but is straight with regard to the risks and how we can do things better."

Susan Hornsby-Geluk has a strong reputation in the market for managing high-profile matters, with one source describing her as the "best source of truly authoritative employment law advice." She handles a range of issues including advisory, contentious and investigatory mandates.

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New Zealand

Employment


Blair Scotland
Band 3
David Traylor
Up and Coming
Rosalind Webby
Band 4
Susan Hornsby-Geluk
Band 1