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DLA PIPER TOWER, LEVEL 22, 205 QUEEN STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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John Hannan

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Work +64 9 300 3843
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Partner, Employment

Position

John Hannan is a highly experienced partner in the employment, litigation and IP, information technology and telecommunications teams in Auckland.

John has acted for major New Zealand and international organisations, including one of New Zealand’s largest supermarket retailers, a listed chemicals, resins and building products manufacturer, national and international insurers, major airlines, international and national insurance brokers, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer / distributor; international engineering consultancies, a computer games manufacturer, and numerous primary, secondary and tertiary education providers.

Recent projects include significant data protection / privacy compliance and training programs for clients wishing to enhance the value and use of big data and analytics.

He assists clients with all aspects of employment relationships, both contentious and non-contentious. He appears on employment law matters in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal.

John acts for insurers in claims under Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) policies covering employers against employment-related disputes. He has also acted for insurers in public liability and professional indemnity claims.

Intellectual Property including trademarks, copyright and patent litigation is also an area where John has significant experience.

John has experience in fraud, theft of intellectual property, and breach of confidentiality situations, obtaining 'freezing orders' and search orders and injunctions. He has significant experience of restraint of trade claims. He has dealt with major product liability claims. He is an experienced High Court advocate.

Career

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1978

Member

New Zealand Law Society
Medico-Legal Society
Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Australia New Zealand Insurance Law Institute
Employment Law Institute
Council member of the Manukau Institute of Technology
Council member of Legal Research Foundation
New Zealand Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal

Education

Victoria University of Wellington, BA, 1975
Victoria University of Wellington, LLB (First Class Hons), 1977


New Zealand

Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

John Hannan - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Labour and employment

DLA Piper New Zealand provides 'excellent service, good response times, very strong industry knowledge and practical advice'. The firm frequently handles the employment aspects of strategic cross-border corporate transactions, as well as advising on annuities, data protection, and health and safety matters. Auckland-based practice head Laura Scampion is 'a trusted adviser' and has more than 20 years’ experience in domestic and international matters. She recently acted for Visa in its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group, which included employment due diligence, consultancy arrangements, data protection and pensions advice. John Hannan counts software company Finzsoft, Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Rheem among his clients. For CSG Konica Minolta, he handled all employment aspects of its corporate reorganisation. Litigator Sean O’Sullivan left to join Wotton + Kearney. Senior associate Melissa Johnston is also recommended.

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