Geoff has extensive experience across all aspects of employment and health and safety law. Before joining Gallaway Cook Allan he practiced for almost 14 years with a large national law firm, working across the country as an employment specialist.
The Asia Pacific Law Profiles noted that Geoff is a “consummate legal professional, whose primary skill is in blending good legal advice with practical solutions”.
Geoff has developed particular expertise in assessing and quickly resolving employment disputes. “Clients with employment problems are looking for advice that is pragmatic, down to earth and sensible” he says.
Geoff’s practice covers:
Representing clients in negotiations, mediations, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal
Redundancy and disciplinary processes
Dealing with employees in commercial transactions and insolvency situations
Senior executive exit negotiations (acting for employers and employees)
Dealing with union negotiations
Restraints of trade
Bullying and stress related issues (Geoff has acted for a large public sector organisation facing significant bullying claims, appearing in the Court of Appeal)
Compliance (including employment agreements and health and safety)
Geoff is based in Christchurch, but frequently works with clients in Dunedin (and around New Zealand).