Ashleigh the Advocate: The people's representative
What sets me apart from other advocates is that I am legally qualified. I have achieved Masters of Law with Honors, and have been admitted to the bar of barristers and solicitors. I am also a member of the Employment Law Institute of New Zealand, and am an approved provider of legal aid services.
The costs associated with engaging a lawyer are sometimes so high that people cannot pursue their grievances. I want to change that. I believe that every person should have access to employment law services, irrespective of their financial situation.
I provide “No Win, No Fee” employment law services. This means that, unlike traditional law firms, you are not required to pay any upfront costs to pursue your personal grievance. In fact, in most cases, you will only be required to pay me if I win you a settlement as a result of your claims.
My employee clients choose me because I am down to earth. I did not come from a privileged background; instead I was mostly raised by a single mother. I know how much $100 means to a family, and I pride myself on being the working man's representative.
You can trust me because I understand.
Small employers also deserve access to justice. I understand that it can be costly defending a personal grievance; and I do not believe it is fair and equitable to settle a claim simply because it is cheaper than continuing to incur legal costs.
My employer clients choose me for my "no bullshit" approach. There are many ways to eat a kiwifruit, so to speak. The legally safe option may be expensive and burdensome. Instead, let's discuss some pragmatic and practical resolutions which benefit both parties.
I value the importance of money, and I won't let you unnecessarily waste yours.
Rayner v Director General of Health
 NZEmpC 65
Tritt v Dunrite Drainage and Landscapes
 NZERA 727
Fechney v Spark Trading New Zealand
 NZERA 292
Womersley v Rustic Country Limited
 NZERA 431
In the Media
Statutory Holidays: What you should be paid
Radio NZ: 5 January 2021
Covid-19: Advocate reminds workers facing job loss 'no shame in standing up for what's right'
Radio NZ: 13 May 2020
Covid-19 wage subsidy personal grievance claims pile up as two months remain for scheme
1 News: 11 July 2020
Opinion: Don't panic, employment law hasn't changed
Radio NZ: 30 March 2020
The Project NZ
We talk job losses post COVID-19
What my clients and followers say about me:
"Ashleigh is the best advocate you can have on your side, please I encourage all of you that need employment issues to be sorted, go to Ashleigh..... highly highly highly recommended her to all she truly is fabulous " - Kylie U
"Ashleigh you do a amazing job, love reading your posts. So many employer need a little education , and you are the perfect lady for this." - Mary C
"You seem to be someone who is always in search of the truth regardless of the party you represent. It's a rare quality - a rare personality trait. This has nothing to do with your qualification, education or training. This is just something that one is born with. Use it to help people. More power to you!" - Taimur S
" I love your honesty
Ashleigh! The world really does need more people like you in it" - Renee P
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