Our lawyers

Our lawyers understand what it is like in the real world and bring a practical approach to working with you. We select lawyers who are not just technically brilliant, but who can relate to people in a way that ensures their needs are heard and understood.

Our team

We work in an open plan office - even the partners. This allows us to take a collaborative approach and to create a learning and supportive environment for our lawyers. Because we work as a team, you can be confident that your work will be done on time and at the most cost effective level.  

 

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Our Team

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Susan Hornsby-Geluk

Managing Partner
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Susan is the Managing Partner of Dundas Street.

With over 25 years of experience as a specialist employment lawyer, her experience and formidable reputation combine to make her a respected advocate and adviser, whether around the bargaining table, acting in disputes or appearing before the Court.

Susan is seen as the "go to" lawyer for complex and strategic high profile matters and her work is largely at Chief Executive / Board level.

Susan is ranked as one of the top two employment lawyers in New Zealand by international ratings agency Chambers and Partners.

Susan is regularly quoted in the media and writes a column for Stuff / DominionPost. She is the editor of the leading employment law publication, the Employment Law Bulletin.

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Blair Scotland

Partner
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Blair has over 20 years' experience as a specialist employment lawyer and was a founding Partner at Dundas Street. 

Having spent time working in-house, including in the public sector, he understands organisational drivers and how to use them effectively in the employment arena.

It is this depth of practical experience that enables him to provide valuable strategic and business focused advice.

Blair is consistently engaged in high-profile work in a range of sectors. He has developed particular expertise in the areas of Privacy and Health and Safety.

A sought after trainer and speaker at industry conferences, Blair is also regularly quoted in the media.

International rating agency Chambers and Partners recognises Blair as one of a select group of Band 3 Practitioners.

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Ros Webby

Partner
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Ros' significant experience both within the firm and in-house gives her a highly practical approach and allows her to deliver strategic and business focussed outcomes for clients in a way that recognises and manages risk.

This is invaluable to the Dundas Street practice where she leads a number of key public and private sector relationships.

Ros has considerable Industrial Relations experience which supports the strong leadership position that Dundas Street has in this space.

In addition her attention to detail and ability to write succinctly makes Ros a highly respected investigator.

Ros is s skilled trainer and leads the advanced level "Termination of employment " course for Human Resources practitioners on behalf of the HRINZ.

She is rated by international agency Chambers and Partners as a "Recognised Practitioner"

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David Traylor

Partner
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David has significant experience working as a specialist in all aspects of employment law.

He works with a number of private and public sector agencies including conducting complex investigations and providing strategic advice.

David is pragmatic and solutions focused and works closely with his clients to understand their circumstances and deliver the outcomes they require.

David is a skilled trainer and leads the "Practical Employment Law" course for Human Resources professional development on behalf of Human Resources Institute of NZ.

David is recognised by international ratings agency Chambers and Partners as an "Up and Coming" leader in his field.

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Chloe Luscombe

Senior Associate
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Chloe is a specialist employment lawyer and has worked exclusively in this area throughout her career.

She has significant experience acting for both employers and employees and is well versed in the legislation affecting the application of employment law.

Chloe builds and maintains strong relationships with her clients, is pragmatic and analytical and has an unswerving commitment to excellence.

Chloe is recognised by international ratings agency Legal 500 as a "Next Generation" employment lawyer in New Zealand.

She regularly provides expert commentary in the media, designed professional development in employment law at conferences, presents seminars and webinars and is on the editorial board of the Employment Law Bulletin.

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Megan Vant

Senior Associate
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Megan has significant experience in all aspects of employment law.

She has worked both within the firm and in-house at a core Government department. She also has prior experience as a government lawyer working on legislative reform and policy.

Megan's approach is both practical and academic, providing straightforward advice on all aspects of employment law with the ability to delve more deeply into emerging issues when necessary.

 

 

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Barnaby Locke

Associate
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Prior to joining Dundas Street in 2017 Barnaby developed several years of valuable public sector experience.

This in-house experience means he knows how to partner with managers to deliver the right outcome for the business.

Barnaby is a highly experienced employment lawyer and advises his employer and employee clients on a wide range of issues.

He brings a strong balance of intellectual acumen, attitude and professional experience to the role.

Barnaby is a member of the Human Resources Institute of NZ.

 

 

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Alice Anderson

Solicitor
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Alice, Ngāi Tahu, graduated in 2016 and developed experience in employment, as well as immigration and Māori legal issues before following her passion for employment law to Dundas Street.

She has experience with disciplinary processes and dispute resolution as well as a full range of employment issues representing both employers and employees. 

Alice has a strong interest in incorporating tikanga-based values into the workplace and dispute resolution processes, and enjoys working with both employers and employees to achieve mutually beneficial and cost effective outcomes.

She is a member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, and has previously sat as a regional representative on their national executive committee.

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Jack Rainbow

Solicitor
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Since graduating in 2017 Jack, who is of Te Arawa descent, took the opportunity to develop his skills while working for a specialist Maori Legal firm in Wellington before joining Dundas Street to specialise in employment law at the beginning of 2019.

Jack has excellent knowledge of employment law and develops strong relationships with his clients. He also has well honed research and writing skills.

In his spare time Jack volunteers at Community Law and plays Volleyball.

 

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Helen Hornsby-Geluk

General Manager
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T +64 4 280 7160
helen@dundasstreet.co.nz

Prior to setting up the firm with Susan, Helen had a commercial background as an Account Director primarily in the IT&T sector.

She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the marketing and commercial side of the business leaving the Partners to focus on the legal team and the quality of the work they produce.

 

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Esther Lee-Lawrence

Office Manager
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T +64 4 471 2013
esther@dundasstreet.co.nz

Esther is responsible for the day to day running of the firm. It's a big responsibility keeping everyone in line!

Esther is the first port of call into our business - any query big or small she will either be able to assist you or find someone who can.

What our clients say...

"They are pragmatic and their approach and advice is not only clear about legal risks, it's aimed at achieving the appropriate outcome."

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