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Our team – who we are

Simon Greening,
Director

About Simon

Simon was a partner at a mid-tier city firm, managing the employment practice before he founded Watermark Employment Law. Simon acts for employers and employees on a wide range of employment matters. Simon has represented clients at investigation meetings, disciplinary meetings, mediations with MBIE, hearings in the Employment Relations Authority, and matters on appeals to the Employment Court. He has also represented clients in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, complaints assessment committees, and the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Simon's experience

  • Advising on employment issues arising during the sale of a New Zealand business to an Australian company which affected over 120 employees throughout New Zealand.
  • Acting for numerous employees across a wide range of industries in relation to various matters involving serious misconduct in the workplace, bullying investigations, restraint of trade breaches, use of confidential information, performance management related issues, disciplinary meetings, and claims arising from restructuring.
  • Acting for senior executives in cases involving employment relates issues, investigations, the application of ROT clauses, and negotiated exits.
  • Acting for a caregiver in regard to a test case involving the interpretation of the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act.
  • Acting for a Chief Executive in a case that involved an application to remove the matter to the Employment Court.
  • Successful application for interim reinstatement of a CEO in the Employment Relations Authority.
  • Advising a private health service on a complex redundancy process involving employees engaged to perform services under various health funding contracts.
  • Successful determination of personal grievance claim acting for employee dismissed for serious misconduct, further costs awarded in the Employment Court following withdrawal of appeal by the employer.
  • Secondment with Auckland Council, advising managers across Auckland Council and related COOs on various employment matters arising.

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Kylie Hudson, Associate, Watermark Employment Law

Kylie Hudson,
Associate

About Kylie

Kylie started her career in a mid-tier city firm, originally working in general practice before finding her niche as an employment lawyer.Kylie has experience representing clients during exit negotiations, investigation meetings, disciplinary meetings, mediations with MBIE and in the Employment Relations Authority.
Kylie enjoys the technical challenge of employment law and the opportunity it provides for her to provide practical and meaningful help to her clients.

Kylie's experience

  • Guiding employer clients through various employment processes from start to finish such as restructures, termination for medical incapacity, performance management, and the investigation and disciplinary process for misconduct.
  • Acting as an independent investigator for complex workplace issues such as bullying and cultural reviews.
  • Acting for employees across a broad range of issues such as recovery of minimum entitlements and wage arrears, advocacy at disciplinary meetings, bullying complaints and personal grievance claims.

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Geraldine Crudge, Associate, Watermark Employment Law

Geraldine Crudge,
Associate

About Geraldine

Geraldine started her career in New Zealand at a top-tier city firm, before moving to London and working in the public sector for 8 years, doing both public law and employment law. On her return to Auckland, she worked in-house as an employment lawyer for one of the city’s biggest employers for five years, before moving to Watermark Employment Law. Geraldine has experience representing both employees and employers across the range of employment law and HR issues, and provides pragmatic advice, taking a holistic view of a client’s situation.

Geraldine's experience

  • Advising employer clients through the range of employment processes, including restructures, termination for medical incapacity, performance management, and investigation and disciplinary process for misconduct.
  • Acting for employees across a variety of industries in relation to matters involving serious misconduct in the workplace, bullying investigations, medical incapacity, restraint of trade breaches, use of confidential information, performance management related issues, disciplinary meetings, and claims arising from restructuring.
  • Negotiating exits for employees in a wide range of situations.
  • Acting as an independent investigator for complex workplace situations, such as bullying and harassment allegations.
  • Leading collective bargaining on a number of collective employment agreements with unions, and assisting to operationalise the same.
  • Developing policies for a large employer, including a Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Children’s Act. Ensuring legislative compliance across the employment relations spectrum, including with the Holidays Act and Children’s Act.
  • Involved in the pay equity claim for library assistants, and advising on the same.
  • Advising managers across a large public sector organisation, on a range of employment matters, including the executive leadership team and CEO.
  • Providing advice to various charities (both on a national and local scale) on policies and employee situations.
  • Providing governance oversight and advice as a trustee on several charity boards (both currently and previously)

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Johnathan Charlton, Solicitor, Watermark Employment Law

Jonathan Charlton, Solicitor

About Jonathan


Since the beginning of his legal career in the Auckland city office of a sizeable law firm, Jonathan has specialised solely in employment law. Through his specialisation, Jonathan has rapidly developed the skills necessary to effectively advise and represent both employer and employee clients on all types of employment issues. Jonathan assists clients from all walks of life, raising personal grievances and advocating for employees such as care and support workers through to company directors and CEOs, applying his intricate understanding of employment issues to provide just and pragmatic solutions for clients.

Jonathan's experience


Jonathan’s experience includes:

  • Assisting employees with raising personal grievances and negotiating swift and pragmatic settlements, carrying claims through mediation and filing in the Employment Relations Authority if required.
  • Drafting and advising on the form, content and lawfulness of individual employment agreements (whether permanent, casual or fixed-term), independent contracting agreements, policies, and other HR-related documents.
  • Advising employers at all levels, from small businesses to national corporations, on employment-related issues such as redundancy, performance management, and resolving personal grievance claims.

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Erin Drew, Solicitor

Erin Drew, Solicitor

About Erin

Erin started her career in a boutique private-client firm before moving to a full-service litigation firm. Erin joined the Watermark team because she is passionate about providing meaningful help to clients through legal expertise. Erin advocates for clients from all backgrounds, and assists employees and employers alike in reaching timely and practical outcomes.

Erin's experience

  • Assisting employees with raising personal grievances and negotiating swift and pragmatic settlements, carrying claims through mediation and filing in the Employment Relations Authority if required.
  • Drafting and advising on the form, content and lawfulness of individual employment agreements (whether permanent, casual or fixed-term), independent contracting agreements, policies, and other HR-related documents.
  • Advising employers at all levels, from small businesses to national corporations, on employment-related issues such as redundancy, performance management, and resolving personal grievance claims.

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Donna Kavanagh, PA, Watermark Employment Law

Donna Kavanagh, PA

About Donna

Donna is PA to Simon Greening and provides administrative support to the legal team at Watermark Employment Law. She is passionate about working with them to make in an impact on the local community and beyond and assisting in redistribution of profit generated from the practice into the Watermark Foundation Charitable Trust to support a wide range of humanitarian causes aimed at reducing poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, and projects which promote equality and the quality of human life.

Donna's experience

  • Director of audio and music composition company.
  • Mentors upcoming music producers.
  • Teaches tertiary level audio and music production.

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Isaac Proctor, Watermark Employment Law

Isaac Proctor, Law Clerk

About Isaac

Isaac is in his fourth year of a BCOM/LLB at Auckland University. Isaac started his legal career in the legal and compliance team at a sizeable insurance firm. Isaac joined the watermark team as a legal clerk because he is passionate about seeing law done differently. He believes the Watermark Values provide for this difference. Isaac provides background support as the team ensures clients are cared for, and the best outcomes are achieved.

Isaac's experience

  • Working on a regulatory change project within the insurance industry.
  • Assisting with broader compliance functions, including AML/CFT.
  • Providing advice to small firm through a successful entry in management consulting competition.
  • Volunteering with various community organisations mentoring youth, organising initiatives, and fundraising for charities.

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