SBM Legal

Employment Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Highly recommended specialist employment law firm offering seasoned practitioners for all possible issues and matters in the sector. Notable areas of expertise include guiding clients through unfair dismissal claims, post-employment restraint, WorkSafe investigations, payments and compliance. Has a wealth of experience acting for both employers and employees, including large corporates and public sector entities.

Strengths One interviewee describes the team as "an accomplished provider with a wide and deep knowledge base."

Work highlights Acted for Kiwi Rail on an appeal before the Employment Court concerning the interpretation of a retirement leave provision in a collective employment agreement.

Notable practitioners


Bridget Smith
has a broad practice which encompasses WorkSafe investigations, post-employment restrictions and disputes. A client appreciates that she "takes the time to explain legislation, making sure we understand and are covered."


Penny Swarbrick
is a "tough negotiator and has a very good practice." She enjoys a strong reputation for her impressive track record in employment disputes and has extensive experience advising large corporates on compliance, industrial relation matters and restructuring.