Our Work

Goodman Fielder New Zealand
Advised Goodman Fielder New Zealand on a range of ongoing employment issues, including the restructuring of their New Zealand business, as well as advising in relation to employee disputes.

Carter Holt Harvey
Advised Carter Holt Harvey on a wide range of employment issues including restructuring, union issues and employment disputes. We advised on all the employment aspects relating to the proposed sale of its Building Supplies Group and the sale of its forestry business, including its 260,000 hectare forestry estate.

PRI Flight Catering
Advised PRI Flight Catering and appeared as its counsel in the High Court, and for two of its former employees in the Employment Court, in contentious litigation following the transfer of an aircraft catering contract at Auckland International Airport. This case has considerable significance as the first case on the transfer of protected employees under new employment legislation.

Yellow Pages Group
Advised Yellow Pages Group on employment issues in relation to a proposed sale and vendor due diligence. This significant transaction spanned a 16-month period and was the biggest New Zealand restructuring arising as a result of the global financial crisis.

DNZ Property Fund
Advised DNZ Property Fund Limited on employment issues in relation to its restructuring to internalise management arrangements and capital raising, in the largest NZSX listing in 2010.

Advised AsureQuality on a new contract for meat inspection services, its collective agreement and Partnership Protocol Agreement with the PSA, a trial of changed work practices for meat inspectors, revising its drug policy, on the employment law implications of their joint venture with Proficiency Services Limited (PSL) and on the implications of the acquisition by the joint venture of all the proficiency testing business assets of AsureQuality and PSL.

Accounting Standards Review Board
Advised Accounting Standards Review Board (ASRB) on the process for transferring New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) employees to the new External Reporting Board (XRB) structure and the restructuring of NZICA and ASRB.

Receivership employment issues
Advised the receivers of the ProvencoCadmus group of companies. A large number of former employees have brought numerous class action proceedings against the group companies, including claims alleging joint employment.

Auckland Council
Advised Auckland Council (formerly the Auckland Regional Council) on two separate claims for substantial damages against former employees in relation to fraud and negligence and appeared as counsel in the Employment Authority and Employment Court.

McCain Foods
Advised McCain Foods on collective bargaining issues including strategy and tactics, union rights of access, facilitated bargaining, protecting confidential information from competitors, and appeared as counsel in the Authority and Court.

Advised Sealord on employment aspects of a major restructuring of its processing plant in Nelson, on employee job reclassification, and appeared as counsel in the Employment Authority and the Employment Court on a Holidays Act dispute with the SFWU.

DB Breweries
Advised DB Breweries on a dispute with the EPMU regarding the shift work provisions in the parties' Collective Agreement for the company's Christchurch brewery, and appearing as counsel in the Employment Court.

Advised PHARMAC on ongoing general employment legal issues, including health and safety obligations, drafting employment agreements, and restructuring proposals.

Advised the worldwide representative organisation for all professional football players on promoting the establishment of trade unions for players in China, South Korea and Singapore.

Lyttelton Port Company
Advised Lyttelton Port Company on collective bargaining and restructuring issues, and significant changes to work practices.