Claire Mansell

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Employment / Litigation

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Employment relations

Claire is a senior associate in the firm's litigation team and specialises in employment law. She represents and advises both employers and employees on a range of employment issues including advising on:

  • redundancies
  • dismissals
  • serious misconduct
  • personal grievances
  • breaches of restraints of trade
  • compliance issues
  • due diligence
  • health and safety.

Claire also acts as an independent investigator in respect of workplace misconduct.

Claire has appeared in court at all levels, including the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

Clients appreciate Claire's professionalism, approachable manner and practical and efficient way in which she deals with their concerns.

Examples of work
  • Dealt with highly sensitive sexual harassment and bullying matters
  • Obtained an injunction in the Employment Court against employee who had stolen funds from employer
  • Obtained search orders against a former employee
  • Successful in arbitration regarding a dispute with contractors regarding breach of restraint of trade
  • Advises multinational companies on employment matters
  • Advised on large scale redundancy situations
  • Represented senior employees in sensitive exit negotiations
  • Drafting employment agreements and advising new businesses on employment requirements
  • Training staff and HR on employer obligations


HRINZ - Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
ADLSi pro bono assistance scheme
AWLA - Auckland Women's Lawyers Association


Claire studied at Victoria University - BA in Sociology and LLB. She graduated in 2008 and was admitted in 2009.

Claire is also the Chairperson of a small charitable organisation.

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