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   Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts, Employment Partner, Hesketh Henry

T:  + 64 9 375 8723
M: + 64 21 375 899
F:  + 64 9 365 5223
E: jim.roberts@heskethhenry.co.nz


BCom, LLM (Hons)


Jim Roberts heads up the employment law team at Hesketh Henry and also co-leads our Litigation and Disputes Resolution team.  He has been practising employment law since 1992.

Jim helps his clients, who are from a range of industries, develop their employment strategies which include collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights, health and safety and accident compensation. As well as providing strategic legal advice, Jim has been involved in collective bargaining in industries as varied as aviation, maritime, dairy, meat, finance, electricity, telecommunications and insurance. 

Jim also assists his clients with compliance work in order to minimise their exposure to risk, with a particular focus on employment agreements and policies.  He also regularly advises on issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, from strategic advice regarding the transfer of employees, through due diligence to offers of employment.
During his career, Jim has acted on a number of leading cases.  Particular highlights are a Court of Appeal benchmark case on the correct approach to interpretation of collective agreements and appearing in the Privy Council regarding employment jurisdiction.

Examples of work: 
  • Advising a publicly listed company on the managed exit of its CEO.
  • Representing an employer in relation to the workplace death of an employee.
  • Providing advice to employers on their obligations when acquiring a business.
  • Assisting an employer to commission an investigation into a senior employee alleged to have committed fraud, and managing the subsequent disciplinary process.
  • Working with a large multinational employer to restructure New Zealand operations, including the redundancy of a large number of employees.
  • Assisting a large manufacturer with regard to the implementation of new shifts, including advising on implications for the collective agreement.


New Zealand Law Firm Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2018-761 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Directory individually recommended Partner, Jim Roberts
Jim roberts, Employment Lawyer Partner Jim Roberts, recognised as a "Leader in their field" 2017.
Asialaw Outstanding 2018-Legal Directory Individually recognised as a "Market-leading lawyer" 2018


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