Special Counsel, Christchurch

Shaun Brookes

Shaun Brookes



Shaun specialises in employment law, industrial relations, human rights, and health and safety, as well as dispute resolution and regulatory enforcement.

He advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, including terminations, investigations, bullying and harassment, redundancy and restructuring, Holiday Act entitlements, and industrial relations.  He regularly provides training and seminars on health and safety, employment, human rights, 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, Human Rights Commission, 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 Fire and Emergency New Zealand

on various employment claims brought by employees, volunteers and unions 

Acting for Alliance Group

in a claim by a meatworker that he was unjustifiably disadvantaged by the Alliance's handling of his ACC claim (Scott v Alliance Group Limited)

Acting for employers and employees

on underpaid holiday and wage claims

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)

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

Acting for clients

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