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Parker & Associates is a specialist civil litigation practice based in Wellington. We are focused on achieving the best results possible for our clients in every case.

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‘Seasonal’ workers protected under employee lockout provisions

On 6 October 2016 the Court of Appeal issued its judgment in AFFCO New Zealand Limited v NZ Meat Workers and Related Trades Union Inc [2016] NZCA 482, upholding an earlier Employment Court decision in favour of the union. The basis for that decision is explained below, but was essentially that AFFCO’s ‘seasonal’ workers had the same status as “employees” under the lockout provisions of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA), even although they were between engagements during the off season when alleged lockouts at meat processing plants occurred. Post-employment obligations under the collective agreement, but more particularly to re-employ according to seniority, constrained AFFCO’s future conduct transforming its refusal to offer re-employment into an unlawful lockout. ..


Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance litigation.

For over 20 years we have acted for insurers, brokers and claim handlers throughout New Zealand and overseas.

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We are well known for our expertise in construction litigation, which forms a significant part of our practice.

We have acted for most parties involved in the construction industry including building owners, developers, building contractors and subcontractors, material manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, designers, project managers and others.

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Leaky Buildings

We have been at the forefront of leaky building litigation since early 2001.

We have achieved excellent results across many multi-unit and stand alone leaky building claims for body corporates, commercial property and individual home owners.

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Rural Disputes

We regularly act for farmers and agribusiness-related clients, generally referred to us by practitioners in rural areas. We understand the practical and business issues faced by those practitioners and their clients.

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Commercial Litigation

We have experience across a broad range of commercial disputes.

These include shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual disputes, creditor and debtor remedies, the Fair Trading Act, the Sale of Goods Act, commercial securities and many other commercial disputes.

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Property Litigation

We have extensive experience in property litigation.

Our experience includes sale and purchase agreement disputes and the related issues, landlord / tenant disputes, caveats, mortgagee sales, nuisance claims and a range of other matters.

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We provide advice in all areas of employment law from executive employment and exits, business restructurings and personal grievances, to post-employment claims including restraints of trade and protection of confidential information.

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Over the years Parker & Associates has acted on a number of high profile defamation cases involving prominent business people, members of parliament and others.

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