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Rob Towner

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Bell Gully

Work Department



Employment, Health and safety, Litigation and dispute resolution, Privacy and data protection


​​​​​Rob advises on employment agreements, employment aspects of commercial transactions, dismissals, discrimination, redundancy, restraint of trade and labour disputes. He is a trained mediator.

His clients include leading corporates such as Rank Group, Goodman Fielder, Asahi, AT&T, Compass Group, JPMorgan Chase, Fairfax Media, Hewlett-Packard, Frucor, Lyttelton Port Company, Tainui Group Holdings and Sime Darby.

He is a part-time lecturer in employment law at the University of Auckland and regularly speaks at employment law seminars and conferences. Rob is the author of the New Zealand chapter in five international textbooks on employment law.

Admitted 1982 New Zealand


​Former member of the Executive Council of the Global Employment Institute
Past Chairman of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the International Bar Association
Part-time lecturer at University of Auckland Law School


LLB(Hons), University of Auckland, BA(Hons), Stanford University.

New Zealand

Labour and employment

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Rob Towner - Bell Gully

Within: Labour and employment

For one client, Bell Gully is 'the best by a long way - it has a great team and offers pragmatic advice'. The employment practice, which has close ties with international firms including Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst, supports clients in large M&A transactions, as well as handling standalone employment work including Holiday Act matters. Rob Towner in Auckland leads the team and clients describe him as 'exceptional - commercial and pragmatic'. Towner, key partner Tim Clarke and senior associate Liz Coats recently acted for Lyttelton Port Company, which operates one of the country’s major ports, in litigation arising from collective bargaining with the Maritime Union and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. Senior associate Rosemary Wooders, who joined the Auckland office from Macfarlanes LLP in London, has extensive experience in both advisory and contentious matters, including collective bargaining and restraints of trade. Wellington-based partner Rachael Brown is a leading light in the market and recently advised New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing on health and safety issues.

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