Gillian Service > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner – Head of Employment (Auckland)


Gillian specialises in people risk management for businesses. She is sought after for both her legal advice and thought leadership on complex and high-value matters affecting people in the workplace. She is an expert in employment, industrial relations, health and safety, privacy, human rights, and discrimination.

Her clients comprise some of New Zealand’s leading companies and their boards of directors. She advises on union issues and collective bargaining across many sectors including transport, oil and gas, retail, health, and aged care, public services, financial services, and customer services. A seasoned litigator, Gillian regularly represents her clients throughout the mediation process and at all levels of the court system.

Gillian is passionate about the future of work and the challenges organisations face both locally and globally. She is a highly regarded thought leader on flexible working and worker status, complex pieces of legislation such as the Holidays Act, and strategic industrial relations issues.




LLB (Hons), DIP LP, University of Glasgow (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Gillian ServiceMinterEllisonRuddWatts

Based across the firm’s Auckland and Wellington offices, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ ‘first-rate’ employment practice has demonstrable experience across employee and industrial relations, health and safety matters, financial services remuneration and conduct, as well as employee privacy issues. ‘Widely respected for her calm, sound and strategically nuanced advice on complex issues’, Gillian Service leads the Auckland-based team and handles issues relating to flexible working, the Holidays Act and unionised workforces. The Auckland office is also home to ‘technically accurateJune Hardacre, who is noted for her expertise in data protection and employee privacy mandates, and Aaron Lloyd, who handles regulatory investigations and employment-related litigation. Praised for her ‘intellectual rigour and expertise’, Megan Richards spearheads the Wellington-based practice, advising on matters with political and reputational risk, including independent investigations into bullying and sexual harassment allegations, executive appointments and exits/terminations. Special counsel Emma Warden is another key figure in the Wellington team.