June Hardacre

Partner - Employment

June is an employment specialist who regularly advises both private and public sector clients on all aspects of New Zealand employment law.  Her practice includes advising on health and safety, remuneration and incentives, data protection and employee privacy matters. June also has significant international expertise, having practised at a magic circle firm in London for several years.

June provides advice across the full spectrum of employment law, in respect of both employee and industrial relations. June supports clients on Holidays Act compliance matters, including liaising with the Labour Inspectorate, as well as working closely with clients on collective bargaining, personal grievances, restructuring processes, and corporate transactions. She is also regularly instructed to lead and advise on employee investigations on acceptable conduct, bullying, and harassment.

In the regulatory space, June advises clients in both the financial services and insurance sectors in respect of the industry wide regulatory review into incentive practices and conduct and culture.  In the privacy space, June advises clients on challenges faced by businesses with respect to managing data privacy concerns and has worked closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on a number of investigations.

June regularly attends mediation and Employment Relations Authority investigations for her clients and has represented clients in relation to both substantive disputes and urgent interlocutory matters in the Employment Court.

June regularly presents at external conferences, holds industry and sector training, and is also a media commentator on employment law, health and safety, general privacy and data protection, and governance matters.

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Professional background

Recent work

Employment advisors to leading airline

Providing day to day advice to the Qantas Group across a range of employment and health and safety matters.

Lead New Zealand advisor

Regularly advising Ventia on employment law matters across all business units, including telecommunications, roading and power.

Support for major transport company in industrial relations disputes

Providing Go Bus with advice on employment, privacy and industrial related matters.

Regulatory matters in the financial services sector

Advising banks on the implementation of remuneration policies for compliance with New Zealand laws and advising on risk for the bank at the board level; advising financial services clients in respect of incentivisation and conduct standards in light of the current regulatory climate.

Trusted advisor to major retailer

Acting as a trusted advisor to The Warehouse Group, working closely with the leadership team on various strategically important projects and appearing as counsel in the Employment Relations Authority.

Success in Employment Relations Authority

Advising Deloitte on both the privacy and employment law issues relating to a dispute with a highly litigious individual which escalated to the Employment Relations Authority. June and the wider team were successful in defending all aspects of the claims.

Enforcing restraints of trade

Appearing as counsel for Crombie Lockwood in the Employment Relations Authority in a successful restraint of trade matter.


  • LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Relations
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Immigration