Natalie Healy

Senior Associate - Employment

Natalie specialises in employment law with expertise in worker relations, health and safety, and privacy law. She assists clients with both advisory and contentious matters and is a long-standing member of our national employment team.

Natalie is deeply pragmatic and acutely aware of the commercial realities facing employers when it comes to confronting issues in an employment relationship.  She works alongside businesses as a trusted partner and is focused on providing her clients with the most practical solutions available.  She is particularly interested in dispute resolution and has strong experience in assisting clients defend personal grievances and prepare for litigation.

Natalie primarily advises private sector clients and has particular experience working with SMEs, insurers, public transport providers and retailers. She regularly assists clients with performance and disciplinary processes, restructuring and redundancy, restraints of trade and protection of confidential information.  She also has significant experience in assisting clients on compliance matters, including the drafting and interpretation of employment agreements and policies, Holidays Act compliance and advising on change of benefits and remuneration.

Natalie frequently assists the firm’s corporate team with commercial advisory matters and has worked on a number of significant M&A transactions involving employee transfers and harmonisation of benefits.  Natalie also works with a number of large employers on their union relations and collective bargaining matters.

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Professional background

Recent work

Protection of confidential information and IP

Assisting clients with the protection of confidential information before, during and following termination of the employment relationship, including strategic advice for a large employer responding to a mass resignation of senior employees.

Corporate Advisory

Advising on the amalgamation of two international pharmaceutical companies, which included a benefit harmonisation project and ongoing advice regarding local employment law implications.

COVID-19 response

Assisting clients in understanding their obligations towards their employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including health and safety advice, policy development and best practice.

Employee benefits

Reviewing and drafting employee incentive policies and advising employers on strategy for implementing changes to employee benefits, including the withdrawal of long-standing superannuation schemes, bonus structures and company vehicles.

Client representation

Preparing proceedings in anticipation of litigation and representing clients in employment mediations, including claims relating to unjustified dismissal, unjustified disadvantage, workplace stress, bullying and redundancy.

Admitted

  • 2011, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • BA, LLB (Hons) University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employment
  • Employment Agreements
  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Relations
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Redundancy and Dismissal

Awards

  • Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Employment team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific