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Our team – who we are

Simon Greening

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 City Council, advising managers across Auckland City 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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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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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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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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