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+64 9 977 5071

Fax Number

+64 9 977 5083

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Simpson Grierson

Main Office Address

88 Shortland Street
Private Bag 92518
Wellesley Street
Auckland, 1036
New Zealand

Office Locations

Auckland and Wellington

Firm Phone Number

+64 9 977 5071

Firm Fax Number

+64 9 977 5083

Personal Background

Phillipa is a Partner and head of Simpson Grierson's employment law group.  She has been involved in a number of test cases in the employment area in New Zealand, including the first major damages claim brought by an employer against a union, the first successful "stress" damages case to go to the Court of Appeal, the first employment law case to go to New Zealand's Supreme Court, and many injunction applications over strikes, pickets, restraints of trade, and interim reinstatement applications.  Phillipa is the leading employment lawyer for many of New Zealand's major corporations, tertiary institutions and local government enterprises.  Phillipa has successfully argued several of the employment court cases in new areas of law such as 'good faith' bargaining and work place stress.  She is the co-author of three leading New Zealand text books published by Brookers:  "Employment Law"; "Employment Contracts" and "Recruitment and Termination."  Phillipa has been recognised as a leading New Zealand employment lawyer for many years by AsiaPacific Legal 500; PLC Which Lawyer and Chambers Global.



  • Fletcher Building Employee Education Fund - Chair
  • PLC Which Lawyer? 2006 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2006 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 2004/2005 & 2006 - Leading Individual 

Firm Background

Simpson Grierson is one of New Zealand's leading commercial law firms delivering comprehensive advice in every commercial practice area. With more than 420 staff, including 170 lawyers and 47 partners, Simpson Grierson combines leadership, innovation and good business sense to ensure our clients receive the best legal service available today. The fact that Simpson Grierson represents many of New Zealand's leading companies, and has been responsible for some of the most complex and ground-breaking deals in recent years, is testament to the quality of our legal service. Simpson Grierson prides itself on the quality of the work we undertake and most importantly the results we achieve. Key to our success is providing clients with certainty that their law firm has all bases covered every step of the way.

Firm Practice Areas

Banking and Finance; Employment Law; Corporate Commercial; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property; Property and Infrastructure; Public Sector; Tax