Employment barristers are highly experienced employment lawyers who have often worked as Employment Law partners or special counsels in large law firms and left to join the independent bar. As specialist barristers they can focus on courtroom advocacy, and act as independent workplace investigators and mediators.

Employment barristers are often instructed by law firms where there is a conflict of interest, or in complicated advocacy issues.

They can take instructions directly from clients too and provide advice and advocacy on the full range of employment matters – including restructurings, contractual disputes, disciplinary and performance matters, and restraint of trade issues.

Many employment barristers also focus on related legal areas such as privacy, health and safety, and human rights.

All entities and businesses in New Zealand have obligations under the Privacy Act 2020 and there can be serious penalties for both businesses and individuals for failing to comply with the Act’s requirements. Our specialist barristers assist clients with understanding their obligations (or entitlements) and complying with them. They also help clients respond to a privacy breach should one occur.

The Bar Association has an Employment & Privacy Committee made up of barristers committed to these areas of practice, and recognised leaders in their field. For more information, please visit the Committee's web page