The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
52 BROADWAY, NEWMARKET, AUCKLAND 1023, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 520 8700
Fax:
Fax +64 9 520 8701
Email:
Web:
www.sbmlegal.co.nz

Top-tier Firm rankings


New Zealand

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

[back to top]


Further information on SBM Legal

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about SBM Legal in other jurisdictions.

New Zealand

Offices in Auckland

Legal Developments in New Zealand

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The Tax Working Group’s Interim Report - A capital gains tax for New Zealand?

    ​​​​​​The Tax Working Group has released its Interim Report on the Future of Tax. Amongst a number of other matters, the Interim Report describes two alternative methods for the implementation of a capital gains tax in New Zealand, which will be the subject of further consideration over the coming months. 
  • Privilege in regulatory investigations: UK Court of Appeal supports a broad approach

    Last week, the UK Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated judgment in ENRC v SFO[1], a decision with significant implications for the scope of legal professional privilege in the context of regulatory investigations.
  • Overseas Investment - review announced just as new regime comes into force

    Just days before amendments to New Zealand’s overseas investment regime take effect, the government has announced its intention to undertake a further review of the legislation.
  • New NZX Listing Rules in force from 1 January 2019

    NZX today published the final version of its updated listing rules. These new rules will take effect on 1 January 2019, subject to a six-month transition period.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership trade benefits are coming

    Following several years of negotiations, and after the high-profile collapse of the original Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) in 2017, the renamed “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership” ( CPTPP ) has now met the required number of ratifications to come into force. This is due to occur on 30 December 2018. This will offer New Zealand businesses a range of opportunities they should plan for, including reduced tariffs on a number of key exports.​
  • CPTPP Agreement sparks further legislative change

    The Government has introduced further amendments to the Overseas Investment Regulations 2005 (the Regulations ) to ensure New Zealand complies with its obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (the CPTPP Agreement ) and various other international agreements New Zealand is a party to.
  • What is the latest in privacy law reform?

    The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (the Bill) was passed yesterday after its third and final reading. It is likely to receive Royal assent this month. Once that occurs, the provisions of the Bill that limit the ability of overseas persons to purchase residential property in New Zealand and the changes in the regime governing overseas investments in forestry will officially become part of the Overseas Investment Act (the Act).
  • Residential land amendments mark new era in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime

    ​​​​​​The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (the Bill) was passed yesterday after its third and final reading. It is likely to receive Royal assent this month. Once that occurs, the provisions of the Bill that limit the ability of overseas persons to purchase residential property in New Zealand and the changes in the regime governing overseas investments in forestry will officially become part of the Overseas Investment Act (the Act).
  • A fresh look at the recoverability of takeover expenses

    The High Court has revisited the recoverability of a target company's expenses for the first time in more than 45 years. The case has important implications for future reimbursement disputes.
  • Insurance contract law reform back on the agenda for 2018

    The Government announced on 6 March that it is undertaking a review of New Zealand's insurance contract law, and has released a terms of reference for the review here ​​.