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Greg leads our employment and health and safety team in Wellington. Greg has expertise in all aspects of employment and health and safety issues.

Greg can advise you on day-to-day employment matters such as resolving personal grievances. He can also help resolve more complicated issues involving collective bargaining and industrial action, or large scale restructurings. Greg frequently carries out – or advises on – workplace investigations.

Greg advises central and local Government, private enterprise and not-for-profit organisations.

Greg advises clients on a wide range of health and safety issues. He has provided extensive advice and training on the legal implications of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

He can assist you if you are under investigation by WorkSafe New Zealand and represent you if you are prosecuted. He has particular expertise in the health and safety issues associated with earthquake-prone buildings or those that contain asbestos.

Greg is recommended by Legal 500. He is published widely and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars.

Greg is committed to delivering results. He is pragmatic and easy to work with, and adept at finding cost effective solutions to difficult problems.

Admission date: 1996

EXPERIENCE

Greg has advised: 

  • Centreport on the health and safety issues that arose from the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016, including the port company’s obligations over buildings that were at significant risk of collapsing or had potential problems with asbestos contamination. Greg also carried out a major review of the port’s management of PCBUs who use the port but are not engaged by the port company itself. Greg provided detailed advice as to how the port could better manage those PCBUs, to reduce risks to PCBUs and other port users affected by their activities. 
  • A large scale bullying investigation for a major Government agency. The investigation involved multiple complainants and a wide range of allegations, some historic. Greg interviewed over 15 witnesses and provided a comprehensive final report. 
  • A construction company through and represented it in a prosecution by WorkSafe after a worker fell from height on a building site. Greg successfully resisted an application by the regulator to introduce evidence of a prior conviction for a similar offence, which was unprecedented in health and safety prosecutions in New Zealand.
  • Hastings District Council on the health and safety issues associated with the contamination of the Havelock North water supply in 2016, and with WorkSafe’s prosecution of the Council following the death of a child in a tractor-mowing incident. 
  • NZ Transport Agency on a claim brought in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court by E tū over whether union members were entitled to salary increases where there was in increase in the midpoint of the relevant remuneration bands. 
  • Land Information New Zealand on a number of claims brought by a former employee who left the organisation to work for one of its suppliers. The case included complaints to the Privacy Commissioner, the Employment Relations Authority and a claim in the District Court in tort, and under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. 

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