Mrs Alison Maelzer > Hesketh Henry > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Hesketh Henry
New Zealand

Work Department

Employment, Health and Safety


Alison is a Partner at Hesketh Henry.   She specialises in employment and health & safety law.


Alison was admitted to the Bar in 2001, and since that time has practised exclusively in the employment jurisdiction.   Her background includes large firm and in-house local government experience.  

Alison became a partner at Hesketh Henry in 2019, and provides advice on all aspects of employment law and health and safety at work, including both advisory and contentious matters.   

She provides pragmatic and business-focused advice to employer, employee, and union  clients in a wide range of industries,  including advice about disciplinary processes, collective bargaining, policies and procedures, employment agreements, personal grievances, health and safety compliance, and WorkSafe NZ investigations and prosecutions. 

Alison frequently presents on employment law topics for external training providers, as well as for Hesketh Henry clients.




New Zealand Law Society
Auckland District Law Society


BA/LLB, University of Auckland 2001

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

Hesketh Henry’s practice is headed by Jim Roberts, who is a recognised figure in the employment space. Experienced in all areas of employment law, Roberts regularly advises Trans-Tasman clients from a wide range of sectors on developing and implementing their employment strategies, which include collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights and health and safety. Alison Maelzer is another key figure, advising on contentious and non-contentious employment aspects.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

Hesketh Henry demonstrates ‘vast experience’ in disputes involving its key sectors of speciality; construction, insurance, trade and transport, employment and trusts. Alison Maelzer chairs the practice, which includes Christina Bryant and Nick Gillies , advising on contentious property and construction cases. Helen Macfarlane and newly promoted partner, Glen Holm-Hansen also undertake an increasing amount of insurance and insolvency-related work, in addition to their main specialty, construction.






Comparative Guides

New Zealand: Employment & Labour Law March 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employment & Labour Law laws and regulations that may occur in New Zealand.