Our Work

Rank Group
Advised Rank Group on employment aspects of the sale of its pulp, paper and packaging business. The assets sold comprised the Kinleith pulp and paper mill, the Tasman pulp mill, the Penrose paper mill and the CHH Group packaging businesses in Australia and New Zealand. This was a significant transaction reported to be worth $1.037 billion.

Terra Nova Group Limited
Acted for Terranova Homes and Care in a leading case relating to applying a total remuneration approach to KiwiSaver for employees who earn the minimum wage. This is the leading case on the interface between KiwiSaver legislation and Minimum Wage Act and the first case to address this issue in the New Zealand Courts.

Terra Nova Group Limited
Representing Terranova Homes and Care Limited on an appeal to the Court of Appeal involving historic proceedings brought by the Service and Food Workers Union and one of its member employees, a caregiver, in a leading case under the Equal Pay Act 1972. This case has been described as “one of the most important cases to come before the Employment Courts” by the Chief Judge. It is the most significant case ever under the Equal Pay Act 1972.

Auckland Council
Represented Auckland Council in two related proceedings in the Employment Court involving a former senior manager. The Council successfully defended a claim by the former employee for unjustified dismissal arising out of allegations of dishonesty. The Council successfully opposed the former employee’s application for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

PHARMAC
Advising PHARMAC on employment law implications of its expanded role in relation to medical devices.

Lyttelton Port Company
Appeared successfully for the Lyttelton Port Company in a trial in the Employment Court relating to a dispute with the Rail and Maritime Transport Union over the coverage of the parties’ collective agreement.

Fletcher Building Limited
Acting for Fletcher Building Limited on the sale of the downstream long-products rolling and marketing operations of Pacific Steel Group to BlueScope Steel Limited.

Presbyterian Support Central and Access Homehealth Limited
Acted for Presbyterian Support Central and Access Homehealth Limited on a matter relating to the transfer of workers under Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act following a tender in the health sector.

Air New Zealand
Represented the company in the Employment Court in relation to a major dispute with the union representing cabin crew regarding the manning of the company’s new aircraft scheduled to come into operation in the next three years.

Brambles Limited
Advised Brambles Limited on the divestment of its information management business division, Recall New Zealand, in preparation for a potential sale of that business.

TAG Oil (NZ) Limited
Acted for TAG Oil in successfully bringing a damages claim against a former employee for breach of confidence. The former employee accepted a position with a competitor and was found to have taken an enormous amount of confidential information on an external hard-drive with him to his new job.

BlueCo Communications Limited
Advising BlueCo on employment implications arising out of the termination of BlueCo’s Dealer Agreement by Gen-i, including the termination of employees on the grounds of redundancy and arrangements for the transition of customers.

Western Union International
Advised Western Union on the proposal to restructure the business team in New Zealand in order to centralise marketing activities, save costs, and better leverage resources in Asia – Pacific to support the region.

Anadarko New Zealand Company
Advised Anadarko in relation to the completion of its 2013-2014 offshore drilling programme, including advising in relation to health and safety, protest action, regulatory compliance and contractual matters.

Carrington Farms Limited
Acted on the sale of the Carrington resort and golf course, Carrington Estate winery and related businesses to Shanghai CRED Real Estate.

JP Morgan Chase Bank
Representing the Bank in an appeal to the Court of Appeal, having obtained the Court’s leave to appeal a judgment of the Employment Court which had failed to upheld an earlier decision of the Employment Relations Authority dismissing a former employee’s claim to enforce alleged breaches of a settlement agreement with the Bank.

Ferrier Hodgson Australia
Represented the receivers of Steelbro in their application to the High Court for an order extending the period for terminating employment agreements so as to avoid personal liability.