Senior Associate, Christchurch

Shaun Brookes

Shaun Brookes



Shaun specialises in employment law, industrial relations, and health and safety, as well as dispute resolution and general litigation.

He advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, including terminations, bullying, redundancy and restructuring, Holiday Act entitlements, and industrial relations.  He regularly provides training and seminars on health and safety, employment, and privacy topics.

Shaun also represents a number of councils on regulatory enforcement and prosecutions.  He advises clients on health and safety matters and has experience with WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions.

He is an experienced litigator and appears in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, the District Court and High Court, and at mediation on behalf of clients.

  • Pegasus Scholarship recipient
  • Captain in the New Zealand Army territorial force

Work highlights

Acting for Alliance Group

in a claim made by the New Zealand Meat Workers Union for an additional weeks' annual holiday based on the interpretation of successive collective agreements (New Zealand Meatworkers & Related Trades Union Incorporated v Alliance Group Limited)

Acting for Alliance Group

in a claim by a seasonal Meat Worker that he had been unjustifiably dismissed and disadvantaged by not being re-engaged by the company for the new season (Butterfield v Alliance Group Limited)

Prosecuting various dog owners

following attacks on people and other animals (Christchurch City Council v Howard; Hurunui District Council v Graham; Hurunui District Council v Roberts)

Acting for clients

in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court, Court of Appeal and at mediations

Advising and training clients

on health and safety matters, including assisting clients to manage and respond to serious accidents and subsequent WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions

Prosecuting regulatory offences

on behalf of territorial authorities, including breaches of the Resource Management Act 1991, Building Act 2004, Land Transport Act 1998, and Dog Control Act 1996

Alternate contacts

Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3517
  • M +64 27 537 7784


Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7339
  • M +64 27 444 6619