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Alastair Espie

Alastair Espie

Alastair Espie

m: 021 032 5343

dd: 04 974 7493


Alastair is a specialist employment lawyer experienced in advising and representing employers and employees on a wide range of issues, and in a variety of forums.

He joined Dundas Street Employment Lawyers in 2016 after nearly seven years with another boutique employment law firm in Wellington where he worked as a law clerk, and as a lawyer following his admission in 2014.

Alastair’s focus is on employment law litigation and advisory work. He regularly assists employees and employers with matters relating to:

  • Disciplinary and dismissal processes
  • Performance management
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Restraints of trade
  • Holidays and leave
  • Agreements, policies and commercial contracts
  • Privacy and human rights

Alastair regularly represents clients in mediations, and has experience appearing as both junior and sole counsel in the Employment Relations Authority.
Alastair has:

  • Successfully brought claims in the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of two cleaners who were unjustifiably dismissed following a purported part 6A restructuring;
  • Assisted with a successful application to the Employment Court for orders permitting the search and seizure of confidential information;
  • Assisted and advised employers with preparing and implementing restructuring proposals and change management processes;
  • Advised employers undertaking disciplinary and poor-performance processes;
  • Represented and assisted employees with complaints to the Human Rights Commission; and
  • Represented employees in professional disciplinary and competence processes, most recently in the Education Council.

Alastair is a member of the Lexis Nexis Employment Law Bulletin Editorial Board.

Away from Dundas Street, Alastair is passionate about Cricket, Squash and Golf and he dabbles from time to time with the saxophone.