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Chapman Tripp

Work +64 9 357 9000
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Mike Woodbury

Work +64 4 498 6324
Chapman Tripp

Work Department

Investment Funds, employment 




Mike’s principal area of specialty is retirement schemes (KiwiSaver, workplace savings and superannuation schemes) and all related aspects of financial services regulation.  He acts for the trustees and managers of numerous major (and also many smaller) workplace savings, superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes throughout New Zealand.  Mike also acts as the Legal Counsel for Workplace Savings New Zealand, and for the State Services Commission in relation to the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme. He is a regular contributor to law reform, remedial legislation and exemption relief initiatives for retirement schemes. 


Mike is a member of the New Zealand Law Society. Mike was Chairman of the Association of Superannuation Funds of New Zealand (ASFONZ) from 2003 to 2005, and was an ASFONZ Councillor and member of the ASFONZ Public Policy Guardian Group from 2001 to 2007. He is also a Councillor of Workplace Savings New Zealand.


BA and LLB (1st Class Hons), University of Canterbury; Admitted 1991

New Zealand

Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Mike Woodbury - Chapman Tripp

Within: Investment funds

Chapman Tripp has 'exceptional industry knowledge and its advice is always tailored to our needs', according to one client. It has a 13-lawyer practice that counts ANZ Bank, Bank of New Zealand, Bank of China and Britannia Financial Services among its clients. In Auckland, Tim Williams has led the practice for more than 20 years and is also head of financial services regulation. He assisted managed investment scheme manager Conrad Funds Management with the establishment of the Conrad Investment Scheme and its Mortgage and Premium Cash Funds. Partner Penny Sheerin, who helps to lead the funds and financial services regulation practices and specialises in funds management and securities law, is 'brilliant at adapting to what the client wants'. Senior associates Emma Dale, who regularly advises managers of retail superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes, and Phoebe Gibbons, who specialises in regulatory matters, are rising stars. In Wellington, key partner Mike Woodbury focuses predominantly on retirement schemes and related financial services regulation, frequently acting for trustees and managers of workplace savings, superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Chapman Tripp's employment practice spans all of its three offices but is led from Auckland by Marie Wisker, whom clients describe as 'incredibly knowledgeable in all matters pertaining to human resources,' noting that 'she always responds with a comprehensive opinion and guidance'. She handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, specialising in employment law and health and safety, mainly for large employers. Her work includes restraints of trade, Holiday Act claims, disciplinary processes, work place stress, restructuring, redundancy and grievances. Garth Gallaway in Christchurch specialises in insurance and health and safety-related civil litigation, acting for employers in investigations and prosecutions, both on direct instructions and through insurers. Investment funds partner Mike Woodbury in Wellington focuses on superannuation and workplace savings schemes.

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