Kiely Thompson Caisley

Employment Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Boutique firm with specialists in employment litigation, instructed by employers in collective bargaining disputes and strike action matters. Represents global corporations and major domestic businesses, advising them on health and safety and employment-related immigration issues.

Strengths The team is noted for its skill in handling contentious employment matters, as one client states: "They have assisted us with various personal grievances through to mediation, with one or two matters going through to the Employment Relations Authority, and I am delighted with the quality of service that we get."

Another client says: "They have key subject matter experts in this field and are a market-leading boutique firm specialising in employment law."

Work highlights Advised Air New Zealand on a Supreme Court of New Zealand dispute with a pilots' union in relation to a collective agreement.

Defended Transportation Auckland Corporation against an Employment Court claim of unjustifiable dismissal.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Caisley is an expert on collective bargaining matters and a well-regarded employment litigator. His clients include large national and international companies in disputes before the Employment Court and the appellate courts.

David France is recognised as a proficient employment litigator who "understands the business and its perspectives." An impressed client reports: "He's a very good employment lawyer who gives very sound and practical advice, is extremely personable and is pleasant to deal with."

Managing partner Peter Kiely is an "excellent negotiator," advising clients on high-profile employment disputes across New Zealand's major industries. A client says: "He is extremely experienced, has obvious expertise and has a good balance between the legalistic and commercially practical."