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Sherridan Cook

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Buddle Findlay

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Employment and health and safety; Litigation and dispute resolution.


Partner. Specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety, litigation and dispute resolution. For details about Sherridan's work highlights see here -


Sherridan leads the Auckland litigation and employment and health and safety teams, and has specialised in these areas for well over 20 years.

He advises a wide range of private and public organisations across many industry sectors. His expertise spans all aspects of the employment relationship and he particularly enjoys providing strategic industrial relations advice and resolving contentious employment matters, including personal grievances and confidentiality and restraint of trade disputes, together with health and safety compliance and prosecutions.

He has extensive experience and expertise as a commercial litigator, and regularly appears in the employment and civil courts, and at arbitrations and mediations.

He is Consultant Editor for the Health and Safety Law Made Easy and Employment Law Made Easy texts (both published by LexisNexis), and is an author of Personal Grievances (part of LexisNexis’ Employment Law collection). 


• Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ)
• Society of Construction Law New Zealand Inc


• Affiliate of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (AHRINZ)
• BA/LLB (Hons) (University of Canterbury)
• Admitted New Zealand 1996
• Admitted England and Wales 2002 and Solicitor-Advocate England and Wales 2003

New Zealand

Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Sherridan Cook - Buddle Findlay

Within: Labour and employment

Buddle Findlay¬†is 'smart and pragmatic, with a deep understanding of the issues, and is very pleasant to deal with at all levels'. One client calls it 'first class in all respects and excellent value for money; the advice is strategic as well as tactical'. The firm predominantly acts for large corporate employers in complex employment, industrial relations, and health and safety matters.¬†Peter Chemis¬†leads the national practice from Wellington and is ‚Äėpractical, commercial‚Äô and 'clearly has deep knowledge'. He advised Hawke's Bay District Health Board on health and safety matters following a¬†gastroenteritis outbreak. The 'calm, smart and business-savvy'¬†Hamish Kynaston,¬†who leads the¬†Wellington litigation practice, advised New Zealand Post on changes to working patterns following a change to its business model. In Auckland, Sherridan Cook¬†is 'astute and presents in a calm, reasoned manner, which is extremely effective when dealing with emotional issues'. Star senior associate Mere King¬†is 'knowledgeable, efficient, smart and great to deal with'.¬†Christchurch-based¬†Susan Rowe¬†handled a strike action on behalf of Hurunui District Council.

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