Dispute Resolution & Local Government
Before joining Cooney Lees Morgan’s litigation team in early 2019, I practiced at law firms in both Christchurch and Auckland and also worked under the Chief Coroner.
I am in the Dispute Resolution and Local Government Team and specialise in civil and commercial litigation as well as employment law.
I regularly appear in Court, Tribunals and at Mediation and Judicial Settlement Conferences on behalf of clients. I have acted for significant clients, including registered banks, local government authorities and publicly listed companies. I have also appeared in Inquests held in the Coroners Court as Counsel to Assist the Coroner.
I hold a Masters in Law with Distinction from the University of Auckland and maintain an interest in academic writing, having had various articles published in legal journals.
Areas of expertise:
- Employment law litigation;
- Employment law mediation;
- Drafting employment agreements;
- Advice to employers regarding compliance with employment law;
- Restructuring guidance and implementation;
- Debt Recovery;
- Insolvency Litigation and Advice;
- Contractual and tortious disputes including negligence;
- Summary criminal and regulatory defence work;
- Coronial Inquests;
- Restraint of trade breaches (commercial and employment);
- Leasing and property disputes;
- Claims for equitable remedies;
- Construction Contracts Act litigation and advice.
- "Snitched on or stitched up? A review of the law in New Zealand in relation to jailhouse informant evidence - Part 2"  NZLJ 155.
- "Snitched on or stitched up? A review of the law in New Zealand in relation to jailhouse informant evidence - Part 1"  NZLJ 119.
- “Protecting the precariat – whether the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Act 2019 adequately protects vulnerable consumers from mobile traders (truck shops)“  NZLJ 373.
- “Honey Bees confirms the law of penalties” ADLS Law News, May 2019.
- “Hard cases make bad law – an assessment of the law in New Zealand relating to employer action against employees for conduct occurring outside of the workplace – Part 1”  NZLJ 398.
- “Hard cases make bad law – an assessment of the law in New Zealand relating to employer action against employees for conduct occurring outside of the workplace – Part 2”  NZLJ 2.
- “Out of step? A review of the Copyright (Parody and Satire) Amendment Bill” –  NZLJ 87.