Employment Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Specialist employment boutique recommended for its adept handling of contentious matters, including superannuation payment disputes, constructive dismissal claims and misuse of trade secrets allegations. Impressive reputation for advising employers on restructuring matters, and also recognised for its counsel on fiduciary duties, economic tort claims, health and safety compliance and industrial relations matters. Fields a large bench of highly experienced practitioners.

Strengths One interviewee credits the team for being "very informative, upfront and very open with us with the extensive information given," and another says: "They are excellent in terms of the quality of advice and turnaround time, and they are commercially pragmatic."

Work highlights Advised HP on the New Zealand employment law aspects of its acquisition of Samsung's global digital printing business.

Advised Tourism Holdings on the employment aspects of a new joint venture with Thor Industries to create a digital platform for RV owners, involving the secondment of employees.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Schirnack advises on employment disputes for a clientele that includes market leaders in major national industries and the New Zealand businesses of multinational corporations. A client says: "He is awesome to work with, comes up with creative solutions, and is practical and very responsive."

Emma Butcher "delivers a high level of service" to large corporate clients, as one interviewee remarks. She has a growing practice advising on bullying and harassment issues, adding to her expertise advising on company restructures. Another source remarks on her commerciality: "She understands our business intimately, gets to the point quickly and is highly experienced in all areas of employment law."

Founding partner Stephen Langton is highly respected by the market for his litigation work and "excellent command of his subject matter." Clients value his ability to handle complex matters, with one stating: "He had a massive understanding of how we worked. When we got into court everything was accurate, and his ability to simplify complex information was key to our success."