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Andrew Scott-Howman

Areas of Practice

  • Collective bargaining in both public and private sectors (and the drafting of collective agreements, often in challenging or novel environments);
  • Workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct (including harassment, bullying and criminal conduct);
  • Social media and technology and their implications in the workplace; and Change management and restructuring.
  • He is the author of the Brookers’ text Workplace Stress in New Zealand, and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s employment law committee.
  • Chambers Asia Pacific lists Andrew as a Band 1 Leading Individual and records his clients’ endorsement as "the best at what he does in the country".

Andrew was an employment law partner at Bell Gully between 2003 and 2008, following which he was a partner in the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Wellington from 2009 to 2012. He went to the independent bar in February 2012.

He has represented clients in a wide variety of industries and has advised private sector employers, Crown Entities, individual employees and unions. He has particular expertise in mediation, and has acted as advocate at all levels (including the Employment Relations Authority, the High Court, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal).

Selection of major reported cases

  • Acting for Her Majesty’s Government in a series of hearings concerning employment issues arising out of the administration of Pitcairn Island.
    Salt v Richard Fell, Governor for Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands [2008] ERNZ 155.
  • Counsel in New Zealand’s leading case concerning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    Alo v New Zealand Customs Service [2011] NZEmpC 47.
  • Counsel for New Zealand’s Secretary for Justice in a series of cases involving remuneration assessment and review.
    Body v Secretary for Justice (unreported, Employment Court, Wellington, 23 October 2007).
  • Acting for a major international employer in a dispute involving interpretation of a remuneration policy.
    Ruddlesden v Unisys New Zealand Ltd [2004] 2 ERNZ 163.
  • Counsel for major publisher in a claim involving collective agreement coverage issues.
    New Zealand Amalgamated Engineering Printing & Manufacturing Union Inc v APN New Zealand Ltd [2003] 2 ERNZ 11.
  • Acting for major employer in litigation involving redundancy entitlements.
    Marsh v Steel and Tube Holdings (unreported, Employment Tribunal, Wellington, 31 July 2001).