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Charlotte is a partner in our employment team. She helps her clients deal with complex employment issues, and carries out workplace investigations into bullying, fraud and harassment.

Charlotte assists a wide range of international companies, New Zealand corporates, SMEs and other organisations on any issues that arise with their employees, including personal grievances, restraints of trade and restructures.

Charlotte has extensive experience with assisting clients with compliance with the Holidays Act and issues that arise under the Human Rights Act. Her background as a criminal prosecutor also provides specialist expertise in carrying out investigations into matters such as fraud, bullying, harassment and theft.

Charlotte is committed to achieving commercial outcomes to difficult employment issues through understanding her client’s business objectives and how they want to manage their people. 

Admission date: 2003

EXPERIENCE

Charlotte has advised: 

  • Auckland Transport in successfully defending an application for interim reinstatement in the Employment Relations Authority.
  • A global retailer to obtain an injunction preventing an employee from disclosing potentially damaging confidential information to the media. She also obtained name suppression for her client to ensure that its brand was protected.
  • Serco on its ‘greenfields’ collective agreement with a union.
  • A fisheries company over a claim by a fisher that he was an employee, rather than an independent contractor. The case had huge implications from a tax and compensation liability perspective for the company.
  • A CEO and a CFO on complex Holidays Act issues arising from a share bonus scheme.
  • A large construction company on a complaint brought by a third party to the Human Rights Commission, which resulted in a defended hearing in the Human Rights Review Tribunal. The case was dismissed. 

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