Melissa Johnston

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About

I have worked for both employers and employees on a range of employment issues including contentious and non-contentious matters.  I advise employers on significant restructures, redundancies, personal grievances, mediations, employment documentation, employee entitlements and she undertakes and advises on employment investigations.

I advise employees on matters including: disciplinary and performance issues; redundancies; personal grievances and employment documentation.

My clients tell me that I am approachable, and provide pragmatic and practical advice.  

In 2018, I was a recommended practitioner in the Legal 500.  In 2019, I was named as a Rising Star in the Legal 500.

Qualifications

BA, Victoria University of Wellington 1998

LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington 2002

Admitted to the New Zealand Bar 2002

Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales 2006

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Background

I studied at Victoria University in Wellington.  Starting work in Wellington, I worked on a range of matters including family, criminal and employment matters. I then spent nine years in London working as a Senior Associate in a leading law firm. I returned to New Zealand in 2014 and worked for a global law firm before joining McVeagh Fleming in 2020.

Outside Interests

Outside of work I like to travel, spend time with my family, and I am also a keen runner.

MEMBERSHIPS, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND DIRECTORSHIPS

Member of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ)

Member of Auckland District Law Society

Member of New Zealand Law Society

Member of Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association

Main Practice Areas

Employment matters including: restructures; redundancies; personal grievances; employment investigations including allegations of bullying and harassment; employment agreements and other documentation; holiday pay and bonuses; representing clients at mediations and the Employment Relations’ Authority.

I also present seminars to clients and regularly present at conferences.