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Kathryn McKinney



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MOB:+64 27 404 0685

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Kathryn leads Martelli McKegg's employment practice. Kathryn has 20 years' employment law experience gained in top-tier firms in New Zealand and the UK, as well as experience in consulting and as in-house counsel.

Kathryn enjoys working in partnership with employers to provide legal solutions which align with business needs, core values and culture. She also works with senior executives in negotiating terms of employment and on exiting their employment. With many years of experience, Kathryn calmly assists clients to resolve workplace disputes through strategic negotiation and attendance at mediation.


  • Business restructures and redundancies
  • Collective bargaining and advising on industrial relations matters
  • Misconduct, performance management and incapacity procedures
  • Restraint of trade challenges and enforcement
  • Workplace privacy
  • Whistleblowing complaints
  • Employment agreements and policies
  • Settlement agreements for employers and employees
  • Workplace investigations into complaints of bullying, harassment or breaches of employment obligations
  • Health & safety compliance and advising clients following health and safety incidents
  • Representing clients at mediation
  • Representing clients in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

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Employment law update: The Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Act 2023