Senior Associate

Sam Houliston

LLB / BCom
Profile
Sam Houliston is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team and specialises in Employment Law.

Sam graduated with conjoint degrees in Law and Management/Employment Relations in 2005 from the University of Auckland. He was admitted to the Bar in February 2006.

Sam joined Hesketh Henry in September 2017, having previously worked for Auckland laws firms as an employment, civil and criminal litigator representing clients in courts, the Employment Relations Authority and other tribunals. He has also prosecuted health and safety matters for the Department of Labour (now MBIE), and acted as an independent Accident Compensation adjudicator.

Sam advises employers and employees on all issues (contentious and non-contentious) arising from the employment relationship including performance management, disciplinary procedures, redundancy and restructuring processes, restraint of trade and non-solicitation issues, personal grievances, negotiated exits and employment agreements and policies. He regularly assists clients at mediation and in the Employment Relations Authority, and has appeared in the Employment Court.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Sam include:

  • reviewing an international company’s health and safety policies, and advising on compliance and  implementation in New Zealand;
  • representing a senior employee in respect of a managed exit from a multinational financial services company;
  • providing advice to employers regarding implementation of drug and alcohol testing and implementation of policies;
  • enforcement of restraint of trade covenants following the exit of key employees; and
  • advising on employment issues arising from the sale and purchase of businesses
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Publications

Insights & Opinion / Sam Houliston

Managing Employees’ Mental Health Issues
Ministry of Health statistics confirm that during 2016, 169,454 people accessed mental health services in New Zealand. The law of averages suggests that most workplaces will – to a lesser or greater degree – be affected at some time by an employee’s mental health issue.
31.05.2018 Posted in Employment Law & Health & Safety Law
Health and Safety at Work Act, Two Years On: Once Bitten, Twice Shy?
April 2018 marks two years since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into force.
20.04.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Don’t make it worse … notify WorkSafe
Our message to you – if there is an incident or event that needs to be notified to WorkSafe, for heaven's sake, notify it!
20.02.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
First sentencing under Health and Safety at Work Act; time to count the costs
There has been a abundance of commentary following the imposition of a $100,000 fine in the first sentencing for a conviction under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (Act): WorkSafe New Zealand v...
3.10.2017 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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