Richard McIlraith

New Zealand

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Vero Centre
48 Shortland Street, PO Box 8
Auckland, New Zealand

Tel: +64 9 367 8248
Fax: +64 9 367 8163


Richard McIlraith is recognised as one of New Zealand’s top employment lawyers.

His practice covers the entire spectrum of employment law, including employment litigation, industrial relations advice, drafting employment agreements, personal grievance issues, business sale and purchase, restraint of trade and confidentiality, health and safety, accident compensation and restructuring advice.

Richard heads Russell McVeagh’s Employment law team, and is currently the only New Zealand employment lawyer ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ by the Chambers Asia Pacific legal directory.

Recent Experience:

  • Advising on all aspects of relationships with unions, including collective bargaining, collective employment agreements and the lawfulness of strike action and lockouts.
  • Advising on issues that arise upon the termination of employment, including protection of confidential information and enforcement of restraints of trade.
  • Personal grievance issues, from attendance at mediation through to advocacy at all levels of the judicial process.
  • Employment issues arising on the sale or transfer of all or part of a business, including redundancy issues, communicating with employees and unions and drafting relevant provisions in agreements for sale and purchase.
  • Advising on health and safety obligations and compliance, including assisting with accident investigation and prosecution.
  • A broad range of issues which arise in the employment relationship including human rights issues, privacy, health and safety and the negotiation of exit packages
Our Employment law team provides clients with decisive and strategic advice on all aspects of New Zealand employment law. We understand the need for timely, practical and cost-effective advice.

While we practise across the breadth of employment law, the team has particular experience in both industrial relations and the protection of confidential information, including the enforcement of restraints of trade and confidentiality obligations.

Our employment team is a market leader. It is consistently ranked in the top tier of employment law teams in the Asia Pacific Legal 500’s Guide to New Zealand law firms, and is currently ranked as a Band 1 practice by Chambers Asia Pacific.

The team is led by Richard McIlraith, who is consistently recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading employment law practitioners by independent legal directories.

The team acts for a wide range of clients on some of the most high profile employment issues in New Zealand and on a variety of confidential employment work. Our clients include prominent multinational companies operating in New Zealand and some of the country’s largest corporate businesses across a range of industries.

Russell McVeagh is New Zealand’s premier commercial law firm.

Russell McVeagh has nearly 400 staff and partners across our Auckland and Wellington offices. Our lawyers are highly regarded in their fields and are recognised internationally for their expertise.

We represent leading corporations, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, Government entities and multi-national companies on their most complex, challenging and high-profile transactions.

Our solicitors advise across nine key practice groups: Competition, Corporate Advisory, Employment, Finance, Litigation, Property, Public Law & Policy, Environment, Planning & Natural Resources, and Tax.

“Richard McIlraith heads the employment team and receives market-wide commendation from both peers and clients as “a superb lawyer” with extensive expertise in this sector.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015