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Anthony Harper

LEVEL 6, CHORUS HOUSE, 66 WYNDHAM STREET, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 920 6400
Fax:
Fax +64 9 920 9599
Email:
Web:
www.anthonyharper.co.nz
Auckland, Christchurch

Jennifer Mills

Tel:
Work 09 356 2621
Email:
Anthony Harper

Work Department

Employment and Health and Safety

Career

Jennifer leads the Employment practice and advises clients on all employment related matters including drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, secondments and fixed term employment arrangements, independent contractor arrangements, KiwiSaver and superannuation, collective bargaining, establishing businesses in New Zealand, recruiting employees, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations. She has particular expertise in large scale restructuring, restraint of trade injunctions and industrial action.

She has been commended for being "proactive, insightful and at the forefront" of employment law in the country. Jennifer's wealth of experience in employment law is reflected in her status as one of New Zealand's leading experts in her field. She is regularly called upon to speak at international conferences and seminars, contributes articles to the press and appears on national television as a guest commentator. She is rated as a leading individual by Chambers Global.

Jennifer was recommended as a 'leading individual' in the 2016 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Directory. Endorsed as 'pragmatic and deeply knowledgeable', her work advising NZ Crane Group was particularly noted. Jennifer was described as 'the best lawyer I have ever used', by one client, in the Directory. In the 2016 Chamber's and Partners Directory she is rated for her 'grasp of areas including employee terminations and union relations matters. She is valued for her efficiency and responsiveness, with one interviewee reporting: "I have been very impressed with the commercial nature of her advice, technical ability and attention to detail."'

1993 - 1994: Phillips Fox (Solicitor - Litigation) 1995 - 1996: Shieff Angland (Solicitor - Litigation) 1996 - 2000: Kensington Swan (Solicitor and Associate - Employment) 2000 - 2004: Bell Gully Buddle Weir (Senior Associate - Employment) 2004 - 2014: Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (Partner - Head of Auckland Employment Law Practice) 2015 - to date: Anthony Harper (Partner - Head of Employment Law Practice)

Languages

English, Japanese

Member

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Education

University of Auckland BA/LLB

Leisure

Classical music, snow skiing, dressage, reading, travel


New Zealand

Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Jennifer Mills - Anthony Harper

Within: Labour and employment

Anthony Harper is known for ‚Äėexcellent advice and value for money‚Äô. Auckland-based Jennifer Mills leads the practice and is ‚Äėan expert in employment law who understands business‚Äô. Clients also recommend special counsel and litigator Kevin Patterson and associate Ethelred Chey, who is ‚Äėknowledgeable, gives sound advice and has an ability to pinpoint the issues‚Äô. Special counsel Jackie Behrnes is growing the firm‚Äôs presence in Christchurch. Mills advised Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding on disestablishing 30 positions following implementation of an IT platform. The firm also acts regularly as local counsel to US-headquartered international law practice Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which counts blue-chip companies such as Amazon and Cisco among its clients. The work includes providing compliance advice to multinational companies and reviewing their international HR policies.

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