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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

SBM Legal

Employment boutique SBM Legal in Auckland not only acts for blue-chip corporations, but also represents senior executives and specialist unions in employment matters. Its impressive roster of clients includes Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand Rugby, Coca-Cola Amatil and McDonald's Restaurants. The firm has 'one of New Zealand’s best teams of employment lawyers', according to one client. The practice's key partners - Penny Swarbrick, Kathryn Beck and Don MacKinnon - are among the leading lights in the market, and the 'responsive and thorough' Bridget Smith also has a stellar reputation. Swarbrick has 'excellent knowledge of industrial issues and negotiations', MacKinnon is 'a very experienced employment lawyer with particular expertise in union negotiations', and Beck has 'outstanding knowledge and commercial acumen, and is highly regarded in business circles'. Senior associates Matthew McGoldrick and Tim Oldfield are also highly regarded. Beck acted for Van Den Brink Poultry in a personal grievance matter that included a counter-claim against the employee for misuse of her sick leave.

Leading individuals

Don Mackinnon - SBM Legal

Kathryn Beck - SBM Legal

Penny Swarbrick - SBM Legal

Next generation lawyers

Matthew McGoldrick - SBM Legal

Tim Oldfield - SBM Legal

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