Senior Associate

Sam Houliston

LLB / BCom
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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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
Individually recognised as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2019 directory.

Insights & Opinion / Sam Houliston

Don’t Let Your Guard Down
The risks arising from the use of unguarded machinery are well-known to the point of being blindingly obvious.  The measures to ensure the safe operation of machinery are usually straightforward.  W...
19.02.2019 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Nearly there! Only a few days of 2018 left!
Just a quick note from the Hesketh Henry Employment team about what’s on the horizon:
18.12.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Employment Litigation Costs: In for a penny, in for a pound?
Vindication is frequently offered as a motivation for litigation.
WorkSafe v Athenberry Holdings Ltd: The Competent Contractor?
Defining health and safety duties in a contracting situation is rarely straightforward.
1.11.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Pruning Back Liability: Do Contractual Arrangements Hold the Key?
The first defended hearing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), WorkSafe v Athenberry Holdings Ltd, required the District Court to consider the ability of a business (a PCBU) to influe...
9.10.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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
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