As I tell my employee clients: Costs should never be a barrier to receiving quality legal advice. I promote "access to justice" with ethical-based pricing options. In providing transparent fee structures, I aim to assist you in your decision-making and risk-assessment processes. It's never straight forward.
I am a "people" focused representative. The law doesn't change whether you are an employee or an employer; and neither does my advice. I don't make the law, but I can help you navigate it.
I provide a "no bullshit" approach to employment law; providing you with legal, pragmatic and realistic options for managing your employment relationships.
Free Initial Consultation
I recognise that sometimes, employers simply need a steer in the right direction. For this reason, I provide a free initial consultation to discuss employment issues.
In these conversations, my aim is to provide you with the tools you need to make an informed decision about whether you are able to handle the situation yourself, or whether you should consider seeking legal representation.
If you require further representation, you can choose to engage me.
An hourly rate option will be appropriate if you require representation during the employment relationship.
This can include representation at a formal meeting, or if you require a letter drafted for your employee.
The average rate for employment law services can range between $300 - $500 + GST.
My hourly rate is $250 + GST
Personal Grievance and Mediation
I may agree to provide a fixed-fee scheme to mediation.
In these circumstances, I will agree to a fixed-fee of only $3,000 + GST to progress your matter to mediation, where I will then negotiate a resolution that is agreeable by both parties.
This will involve a written response to the personal grievance, and attendance at mediation.
If the employee wishes to progress to the Employment Relations Authority, we will discuss potential fees at that stage.
Employment Relations Authority
I may agree to provide a fixed-fee scheme to the Employment Relations Authority. This will be in applied in cases where I believe that the personal grievance may be unfair.
Did you know, it costs on average $15,000 in legal fees to progress to the Employment Relations Authority for a one-day investigation meeting.
If you are successful in defending the personal grievance, you will be reimbursed up to $4,500 for the first day, and up to $3,500 for every day thereafter towards your legal fees.
The cost of my representation at the Employment Relations Authority reflects the costs you could recover if successful in defending the claim:
The total fee will be $4,500 + GST for the first day of the investigation meeting, plus $3,500 + GST for every day thereafter. Most investigation meetings are between one to two days.
An upfront fixed-fee of $2,000 + GST is payable prior to commencing work on the Statement in Reply.
The remainder is due two weeks prior to the investigation meeting.
These fees may exclude travel and accommodation costs. I am based in Christchurch.