Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Legal Services

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Specialist employment lawyers working exclusively for employers

When you want modern and cutting edge employment law advice and representation provided by a team that truly understands New Zealand employers and businesses, come to EMA.

Are you going to mediation, the Employment Relations Authority or the Employment Court?

Do you have a tricky employment relationship problem? Do you know whether you are compliant with employment-related legislation such as the Employment Relations Act, Holidays Act, Privacy Act, Human Rights Act, Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act and the Minimum Wage Act?

These issues are challenging for employers but are the everyday business of our EMA Legal team.

The team is made up of specialist employment lawyers who work solely for employers at exclusive, member-only rates. 
With EMA Legal you will see real results.
To get in touch with our lawyers, consultants or talk about any of our services please call us on (NZ) 0800 300 362 or (AU) 1800 300 362. We will be happy to discuss your issue and refer you on to the service you require.

Meet our team

  • A Managing Solicitor at EMA, Matt represents EMA members in mediation at the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. He works with both large and small companies across a range of areas including dispute resolution, restructuring, employee performance, reviewing and drafting employment agreements and in-house policy documents, as well as providing advice on a broad spectrum of employment issues.
  • Kent has extensive experience advising members on a wide range of employment and health and safety matters. Kent graduated from the University of Auckland in 2014. He advises on all employment related matters, including statutory compliance, disciplinary investigations, restructuring processes, personal grievances, poor performance, leave entitlements, employment agreements and policies. Prior to joining the legal team Kent was part of our employer AdviceLine team.
  • Michael is a German and New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor. Michael also holds a Master of Laws degree from Victoria University Wellington.
  • Persia joined EMA as a Senior Solicitor in 2015 and provides advice on all aspects of employment law. She also represents EMA members at the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, and presents at EMA Briefings and Conferences.
  • Ruthi holds a Bachelor of Laws and Social Sciences (Political Science) degree from the University of Waikato. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2016 and joined EMA Legal in February 2017.
  • Prior to joining EMA Legal as a Senior Solicitor in 2017, Bev was the Managing Solicitor for Baywide Community Law in Tauranga, which included the entire BOP region.
  • Julie has practiced law for twenty years and is a director of Julie Hardaker Lawyers specialising in employment law and public law. She is an experienced employment lawyer acting for clients across New Zealand and she also provides specialist public law advice to local government.
  • Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Auckland and joined the EMA in October 2017. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court in November 2017. Prior to joining the legal team Teresa was part of our employer AdviceLine team.

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