Specialists in Employment and Health and Safety Law

Copeland Ashcroft Law is an independent legal practice, providing specialist advice, representation and support across the full ambit of employment and health and safety law, to businesses throughout New Zealand.

Why us?  Put simply, as specialists in employment and health and safety law, we know our stuff.  That means we efficiently assist you with pragmatic and specific advice, to suit your needs.  We know what works, and we partner with you to achieve the results you want, so you can get on with business.


Copeland Ashcroft Law operates from offices in Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, Tauranga and Hawkes Bay, servicing clients nationwide.  Principals Janet Copeland and Kate Ashcroft together with the firm’s team of solicitors can assist with all employment and health and safety law matters, including:

Employment law compliance

  • Advice and assistance regarding recruitment, including human rights, privacy and vulnerable workers legislation
  • Advice and training on changes to employment law
  • Advice on holidays and leave, wages, KiwiSaver and superannuation, accident compensation, discrimination, harassment and bullying


Employment agreements, contracts and policies

  • Advice on the right agreement to engage workers, whether as employees or contractors
  • Drafting employment and contracting agreements
  • Negotiation strategy and advice
  • Restraint of trade advice and enforcement
  • Policy drafting and review
  • Advice on business mergers and acquisitions, including employment due diligence


Collective agreements, bargaining and industrial relations

  • Collective agreement drafting and interpretation
  • Strategic industrial relations advice and assistance
  • Collective bargaining advice and assistance
  • Union disputes


Employment relationship problems

  • Advice and support with practical “best practice” management of under-performance or disciplinary issues, and with personal grievances and disputes.
  • Representation in Mediation, Employment Relations Authority investigation meetings, the Employment Court and beyond
  • Advice regarding industrial relations issues, including strikes and lockouts
  • Breach of contract claims including enforcement of restraints of trade

Disciplinary and performance management processes, and complaint investigations

  • Advice and support with practical “best practice” management of disciplinary and performance issues
  • Investigations to complaints, including regarding bullying and harassment


Restructuring and redundancy

  • Advice and assistance on restructuring processes and redundancy
  • Advice on obligations to vulnerable employee and sale and transfer of businesses

Health and safety

  • Training and advice on compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Legal review of health and safety documentation
  • Representation in WorkSafe NZ investigations, health and safety disputes and prosecutions


Privacy, Official Information and Human Rights

  • Advice on compliance with privacy, official information and human rights legislation, including health information privacy
  • Advice on data transfer obligations
  • Representation in privacy and human rights disputes, including Privacy Commission and Human Rights Commission investigations and prosecutions

In addition, our close association with human resource professionals, Progressive Consulting, ensures that our clients have direct access to bespoke human resources and employment support, including: recruitment, health and safety plans and training, managing staff performance, and more. For more information on Progressive Consulting visit: www.WeAreHR.co.nz

Copeland Ashcroft Law is committed to providing a professional, efficient and courteous service to all our clients.

If you feel that we have failed to achieve an acceptable standard of service we want you to tell us. We regard it as an opportunity to monitor and improve our quality of service. We will investigate your concerns objectively and try to generate a positive and speedy solution.

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