I am an employment law specialist and have had 25 years of experience in employment law litigation. I have learned that employment disputes need to be resolved efficiently and where possible by preserving the employment relationship.
In doing so I have developed skills in avoiding employment conflicts in the first place or where this has occurred, in resolving them by discussion, negotiation or ultimately litigation.
Fortunately New Zealand has a well developed system for resolving employment disputes primarily through mediation or thereafter to the Employment Relations Authority. In mediation I adopt a pragmatic approach which will enable my clients to achieve a settlement that will end the dispute with their dignity intact. Should the matter proceed to the Authority, a more litigious approach is required.
In my practice I have had to appear both for and against large corporate enterprises and have represented many individuals who have been unfairly dismissed.
This experience has assisted me in preparing policies and procedures for employers in the engagement and management of their employees. It has also enabled me to assist employees where employers may not have followed accepted fair labour practices.
I have had to deal with collective bargaining and negotiating wages and employment benefits and have also had to deal with disputes resulting in strikes or lockouts.
These experiences have taught me the value of achieving a fair deal for both employer and employee as the employment relationship is an enduring one and is of vital importance to the survival of both employer and employee.
For recreation – I sail (no longer competitively, just for pleasure!), and keep fit by cycling and rowing.