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Emma Peterson


Employment, Health and Safety

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Emma is a Partner in the Litigation team specialising in employment law and health and safety. She advises on all aspects of employment law with a particular focus on personal grievances, issues regarding confidentiality and restraints of trade, restructurings, and employment issues arising in insolvency scenarios.

Before rejoining Russell McVeagh in 2016, she worked for a boutique insolvency firm in London and then at Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong.


Emma's relevant experience includes advising on:

  • Personal grievance claims and other litigation from mediation through to hearing in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.
  • The management of all workplace issues, including poor performance, misconduct and restructuring/redundancy.
  • The protection of confidential information and competitive opportunities.
  • Restructuring, including communications to employees, exit negotiations and severance agreements.
  • The employment aspects of insolvency scenarios including receiverships.
  • Obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Obligations following an accident, including in relation to investigations and prosecutions by WorkSafe.
  • Drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, including incentive arrangements and share schemes.
  • All employment related legislation, including the Employment Relations Act, the Holidays Act, the Privacy Act, and the Human Rights Act.


University of Otago: LLB, BA


Emma was admitted to practise in New Zealand in February 2008. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales in 2012 and registered as a foreign lawyer in Hong Kong in 2013.  

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