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Employment

Our team of experienced employment lawyers act for both employers and employees. We are committed to providing sound and pragmatic legal advice and resolving employment issues practically and efficiently. In the event of a dispute, we are skilled in mediation and alternative dispute resolution as well as all types of court work.

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Lois Flanagan
Lois Flanagan

With many years experience, Lois leads our family and employment team. Lois specialises in relationship property and care of children matters, and advises employers and employees on all aspects of Employment Law including redundancy, dismissals and employment agreements.

Lois was admitted to the bar in 1997 after a varied teaching career both in New Zealand and overseas, and wide experience in resolving all kinds of family and employment disputes. She is passionate about assisting people in resolving their conflicts in a constructive and practical manner and, like most clients, prefers a mediated approach (where possible) to expensive court processes. She has recently completed a mediation training course for lawyers.

Lois enjoys gardening, travel and music, and brings extensive life and pastoral experience to our firm. Lois is a member of the Papanui Rotary Club. Her family activities include keeping in touch with her three lawyer sons (one of whom has appeared before the Privy Council) between Auckland and Canada, and spending time with her young grandchildren.

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Hannah Carey
Hannah Carey

Hannah primarily works in Parry Field’s litigation and dispute resolution team, although she also has experience in family, employment, property and commercial law. She has a particular interest in resolving estate, insurance, and relationship property disputes.

Hannah joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2005, following two years general litigation experience with another Christchurch law firm. Hannah values providing sound, well reasoned and pragmatic legal advice to clients. Like the other members of the dispute resolution team, she considers it important to not only help clients resolve disputes as efficiently as possible but also help them avoid new or further disputes where possible.

Hannah is married to Mark and has three young children. Outside of work she enjoys (when she can fit it in!) sport, reading and cooking.

Hannah is currently on maternity leave from January 2015.

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Nathan Simkiss
Nathan Simkiss

Nathan specialises in Litigation, primarily in Employment and Family law matters. He joined the firm in February 2016 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and English. Nathan was admitted to the bar in October 2016.

 

Nathan sings as a tenor in the Christchurch Youth Choir, and is greatly involved in his church, where he has been a leader in the children’s ministry since 2011. His other interests include reading, writing, and live theatre.

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