Employment Law, Health and Safety, Investigations and Reviews, Local Government, Insolvency and Restructurings, Privacy, Protected Disclosures

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Samantha is a leading employment and health and safety law expert.  She has over twenty years’ experience and is a skilled mediator and litigator, who is also a regular speaker at conferences and trainer on key employment and health and safety issues.

Samantha has extensive experience working with public sector and local government bodies and she has been involved in a number of high-profile reviews, inquiries and investigations.  Samantha has also worked with a wide range of leading New Zealand and global corporates, often working with leaders and lawyers from other jurisdictions and matching the requirements of New Zealand compliance to initiatives proposed from other jurisdictions.

She was previously a partner at Simpson Grierson and she joined the independent bar in late 2021.  Samantha has consistently been a ranked lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific Employment and Asia Pacific Legal 500 Employment and other leading legal directories.


BA LLB Victoria University Wellington

2021 to present                     Stout Street Chambers

2002 to 2021                          Simpson Grierson

1996 to 2002                          Chapman Tripp

Employment Law

Samantha advises and acts on a wide range of employment issues including personal grievances, incompatibility and exit issues involving senior leaders and chief executives, governance issues, bargaining, stress, bullying and incompatibility issues, Holidays Act compliance and audits, Protected Disclosures Act issues and compliance, Privacy Act issues and compliance, pay equity and fair pay.  She also has been appointed as an investigator and/or legal advisor to a number of high profile and investigations and workplace reviews.

Health and Safety

Samantha has worked with many high-profile organisations to advise on their legal obligations, options and opportunities to improve their health and safety at work from governance to operational level.   Her work is focussed on proactive initiatives and strategies, however, she is skilled at assisting clients with crisis and incident management and investigation processes and reporting.  Samantha is an experienced litigator and regularly acts for clients in relation to WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions.