DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Simpson Grierson

Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 1New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Skilled team offering strong representation to clients across the full breadth of employment matters. Handles employee termination cases and is commended for its handling of industrial relations cases, including unionised employee pay disputes. Advises boards, CEOs and public sector clients on senior executive restructuring, health and safety and due diligence. Superb litigation offering at all levels of the employment court system, and well respected for its work handling Holidays Act matters.

Strengths

One client praises the team for providing "a very high quality of advice and service," and appreciates that it has "taken the time to understand our complex business."

Another describes the practice as "excellent," adding: "They are personable and give good quality of advice."

Work highlights

Advised the Ministry of Education on a variety of employment-related matters, including its collective agreements negotiations with the primary and secondary teachers' unions, NZEI and PPTA.

Notable practitioners

John Rooney is well respected in the market for both employment and workplace health and safety matters. He advises on issues concerning non-compliance, investigations and disciplinary procedures as well as litigation matters.

Phillipa Muir is an "excellent lawyer and rainmaker" in the opinion of one source, whileanother praises her as a "first-class counsel."  She has extensive experience acting for prominent public and private sector clients in high-profile litigation matters as well as providing strategic advice on investigations, collective bargaining and senior executive issues.

Rebecca Rendle often advises on industrial relations and employment disputes, including investigations and personal grievance claims.

Samantha Turner acts for a number of large public sector clients on a range of employment issues, including disciplinary procedures, compliance, restructures and collective bargaining. One interviewee finds that she is "very considered and understands both the client and the complexities of employment law."

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New Zealand

Employment


John Rooney
Band 3
Phillipa Muir
Band 1
Rebecca Rendle
Up and Coming
Samantha Turner
Band 2