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This one-day masterclass is a fundamental for HR professionals who manage employment relations issues. This masterclass will focus on the justification needed and the process you need to follow to justify decisions from a performance management, misconduct, serious misconduct or restructuring process. Many will know that sometimes you can run the best process in the world and the employee may raise a personal grievance. This masterclass will also give HR professionals a good understanding of the personal grievance process in New Zealand and potential outcomes to it.

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Gwen Drewitt

Special Counsel,

Lane Neave

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Andy Bell


Lane Neave

Workshop A

Gwen is a Special Counsel in the Christchurch employment team. Gwen has particular expertise in employment and health & safety. Gwen acts for both employers and employees and enjoys getting to know clients and their businesses in order to deliver pragmatic advice that works for them.

Gwen has substantial expertise and experience in a range of employment matters, including guiding clients through disciplinary, grievance and performance management processes. Advising on redundancies and restructures and providing assistance with settlement negotiations.

Gwen also is experienced in assisting clients in Employment Authority proceedings and has appeared in the Employment Court.
Gwen has practiced in the UK for several years; Gwen is also well placed to advise international clients on their employment law obligations.

Andy has worked in dispute resolution and litigation since admission to the Bar in 2002. Andy has two specialist areas of interest in his practice, namely employment law and relationship property.
Formerly, Andy was the principal at Bell and Co Lawyers, a boutique dispute resolution firm. The practice of Bell and Co merged with Lane Neave in January 2022. Andy brings to the table a deep understanding of what it is like to run a small or medium business and the demands on people leaders.

Andy is an experienced litigator who regularly represents clients in the key tribunals and Courts of New Zealand.

Andy has extensive experience in mediations and is one of the most prolific practitioners in Wellington that engages in MBIE employment mediation work.
Andy has considerable interest in negotiation-based practice and the psychology and drivers of parties in negotiations.

Pages from HR Law AU Masterclass Brochure
Pages from HR Law AU Masterclass Brochure





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When allegations of sexual or racial harassment, discrimination, bullying, or other serious misconduct or incompatibility are made, a timely and robust investigation by an experienced investigator is key to achieving a fair resolution for all parties involved.     

This workshop will take an in-depth look at unique factors influencing investigations - the seriousness of allegations, complexities of complaints, and consequences of failing to investigate. Then, how do you conduct an investigation, determine scope, ensure appropriate terms of reference are defined and adhered to, and set expectations of people involved in investigation processes. Additionally you, as the Investigator, need to ensure the investigation is procedurally fair, that independence is assured, that there is transparency, standards of proof, and that evidence is dealt with appropriately.

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Joseph Harrop

Senior Associate,

Lane Neave

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Fiona McMillan


Lane Neave

Joseph is a Senior Associate at Lane Neave, specialising in Employment Law. He also has expertise in Privacy and Health and Safety, with a background in more general commercial litigation.
He advises and represents employer and employee clients on a broad spectrum of matters, including restructuring, performance management, strikes and lockouts, health and safety issues and disciplinary processes.

He will be presenting on performance management, an area of complexity with numerous fishhooks for employers. He will be delving into some interesting recent case law, along with practical tips for employers in managing the process and limiting risk.

Fiona is the Auckland Employment Law Partner and commenced her career with Lane Neave in 2007. Fiona specialises in assisting employers with all employment law related advice including collective bargaining, independent external investigations and human rights commission matters.   She regularly represents employers in Mediations, Employment Relations Authority Investigation Meetings and the Employment Court   


Fiona regularly presents seminars to clients, industry bodies and at conferences.   

Fiona was nominated for Young Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Law Awards.  

In 2020, Fiona was named in the Doyle’s Guide New Zealand as a recommended Health and Safety Lawyer. Fiona has also been recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading employment and health and safety practitioner in New Zealand.  

Workshop B

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