Experience

We have advised:

  • Godfrey Hirst, PBT Transport Limited, Fuji Xerox, Lion Foundation, Bluebird Limited, Baker Hughes New Zealand, and other major corporates, on a range of employment matters including restructuring processes, union-related matters, personal grievances and restraint of trade issues
  • the Earthquake Commission (EQC) on a range of employment matters arising from the Canterbury earthquakes, including personal grievances, management training, and issues resulting from the extensive increase in numbers of staff contractors
  • various clients on the employment-related aspects of some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant M&A deals including:
    • Arvida Group on its $62m acquisition of three Auckland retirement village and aged care facilities and a $35m capital raising
    • Oji Holdings Corporation (as part of a Japanese-Government backed consortium on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper packing businesses for $1.037b
    • KordaMentha as receivers on employment-related aspects of significant receiverships and subsequent sale processes, including that of MediaWorks and Southern Cross Forest Product (SCFP)
  • New Zealand Aluminium Smelters on:
    • an appeal against $20m liability for additional leave attributed to a disputed statutory interpretation, arising out of NZAS’s alleged misapplication of roster changes in the early 1990s. The matter was originally heard in February 2013 and re-heard in December 2013. On our application, the Court of Appeal granted leave to appeal in September 2014. The appeal was heard in October 2015
    • unique employment-related issues, ranging from highly flexible and developmental career structures, to stringent health and safety policies in employment measures, including workplace drug testing
  • various clients including Fletcher Distribution, Fuji Xerox and Marsh Limited on urgent injunction proceedings in relation to disputes with former employees over alleged breaches of their duties of fidelity, duties of good faith, obligations to keep information confidential and to disclose conflicts of interest, and restraints of trade
  • clients on various employee disputes including acting for clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and on applications for urgent reinstatement
  • Airways Corporation of New Zealand, one of the world's leading providers of commercial air navigation services, on a wide range of employment matters, all underpinned by the very demanding and technical aviation context in which Airways Corporation operates
  • Ryman Healthcare, one of New Zealand’s top ten listed companies over the last decade, in relation to contentious and non-contentious employment issues affecting its 26 retirement villages and 2,500 employees
  • Ebos Group, a listed healthcare and animal care wholesaler and distributor with 2,200 employees in New Zealand and Australia, on a wide range of employment issues
  • Ports of Auckland on its negotiations in its highly-publicised, long-running industrial dispute with the Maritime Union of New Zealand, and
  • various New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs) to enable them to continue to provide acceptable levels of healthcare in the face of threatened industrial action. We also advised the Midland DHB on a precedent-setting question of law involving the ratification of a collective employment agreement.
Corporate & commercial; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; Health & safety; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Regulatory law; Restructuring & insolvency

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