Mr Greg Cain > Dentons Kensington Swan > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Kensington Swan
PO BOX 10246
New Zealand

Work Department

Employment, Health and Safety




Greg leads our employment and health and safety team in Wellington. He advises central and local Government, private enterprise and not-for-profit organisations on all aspects of employment and health and safety issues.

Greg assists clients on day-to-day employment matters such as resolving personal grievances. He can also help resolve more complicated issues involving collective bargaining and industrial action, or large scale restructurings. He also frequently carries out – or advises on – workplace investigations.

He advises clients on a wide range of health and safety issues, including investigating serious incidents, and represents them in WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions. Greg has provided extensive advice and training on dealing with earthquake prone buildings and the legal implications of the Health and Safety at Work Act, including advising on governance, contractor management, and culture and engagement. He has also advised a number of clients on asbestos and hazardous substances issues.

Greg is recommended by Legal 500. He is published widely and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars.

Greg is committed to delivering results. He is pragmatic and easy to work with, and adept at finding cost effective solutions to difficult problems.


  • Director at New Zealand Institute of Management (Central) April 2010 – September 2011
  • Member, Wellington Branch Committee at New Zealand Institute of Safety Management June 2012 – Present
  • Convenor, Employment Law Committee (Wellington) at New Zealand Law Society May 2013 – Present


BA, Victoria University of Wellington (1993) LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (1995) Admission date: September 1996

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

Dentons Kensington Swan notably acts for high-profile public sector employers, as well as leading corporates, and has demonstrable experience in employment litigation, ranging from union-initiated disputes to unjustified dismissal claims, in addition to restraint of trade, breach of confidentiality and team move issues. The team continues to maintain key relationships with regulators, such as WorkSafe New Zealand, and handles health and safety matters arising out of the infrastructure and construction sectors. Wellington-based Greg Cain leads the practice and specialises in health and safety, whilst also representing clients in cases ranging from dismissals and discrimination claims to enforcement of restraints of trade. In the firm’s Auckland office, Charlotte Parkhill advises on compliance matters relating to the Holidays Act, while James Warren has experience handling the full range of employment law mandates in the UK and New Zealand. Wellington-based senior associate Renee Butler is another key member of the practice.