Liz Coats

Partner Auckland

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Liz has extensive experience advising on a range of employment issues. She regularly advises employers on Holidays Act compliance, redundancy and restructuring issues, managing poor performance, disciplinary processes, and restraints of trade. She also advises on health and safety and privacy matters.

Liz works to reduce the time and cost for clients when settling employment disputes and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution. If formal litigation is unavoidable, she has substantial experience in mediation, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal.

Work highlights

Holidays Act compliance
Advised employers in the public and private sector on a wide range of Holidays Act compliance issues, including identifying non-compliance, remediating employees, and negotiating enforceable undertakings with the Labour Inspectorate.

Proceedings between competitors involving an alleged “team move"
Acted for a technology company in High Court proceedings with a competitor involving departing employees and IP rights.