I hold a view that a successful outcome is one which takes the least amount of legal steps to achieve. Whilst litigation is sometimes necessary, lengthy litigation invariably only benefits the lawyers.
I started my legal career in London and was trained as a commercial litigator in a boutique city firm based in the Inner Temple (right). Looking out from the second floor, I quickly learned how to craft a letter to get my client’s point across to my opposition and encourage them to move their position. I soon became skilful in drafting court documents, witness statements, and legal submissions to create a winning argument before various courts and tribunals. I hold a view that a successful outcome is one which takes the least amount of legal steps to achieve. Whilst litigation is sometimes necessary, lengthy litigation invariably only benefits the lawyers.
In New Zealand, I primarily represent clients in employment mediation and in the Employment Relations Authority, although sometimes appear in other forums such as the Sports Tribunal and Human Rights Tribunal. The advocacy skills required for mediation and advocacy are very different and I possess the ability to easily switch gears from a conciliatory to adversarial approach depending on the needs of the situation. For specialist advocacy, I have relationships with independent counsel whom I instruct. I have handled many high-profile Employment cases which have been featured in the New Zealand press. You can read a selection of these these by clicking on the links below.
Cases in the media
I recently supported someone who was subjected to an unjustified and poorly-handled disciplinary action by an employer. For the person concerned, it was a stressful situation racked with uncertainty. There was a need for someone who could provide sound advice and strong advocacy. I had no hesitation in recommending Michael Smyth. In this case I saw how his advice and knowledge of the law provided reassurance in the initial stages, and led to a successful outcome at subsequent mediation. Whether you are an employee or an employer - you need Michael Smyth fighting in your corner.