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Bennett Employment Law Ltd


I am a Barrister specialising in Employment Law since 2001.  I represent a wide range of clients from Māori organisations, large corporates, small companies and individuals.

I'm based in the Bay of Plenty and my focus is providing excellent service and practical results. I regularly represent clients at Mediation and at the Employment Relations Authority. I also help structure employment agreements, policies and processes to prevent and resolve employment disputes.

A key focus of my practice is also preventing and resolving workplace disputes.  I regularly run workplace training on "Happiness and High Performance at Work" and other related employment topics.


Along with specialising in employment law, I've also practiced in criminal and civil litigation, mental health law, relationship property and commercial law. However, my passion is employment law and I have a special interest is assisting Māori organisations with employment and HR advice.

I've conducted hearings in the District Court and appeared as junior counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal. I regularly present at Employment Law conferences, seminars and Māori Law Society conferences on employment issues and have written articles for NZ Business Magazine.

I am a former Co-President of the Māori Law Society (Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa).  My Iwi are Ngāti Ranginui and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui.


Memberships include:

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (The Māori Law Society Inc)


Advice and representation in employment law including:

  • Workplace training - how to prevent needing an employment lawyer in the first place!
  • Employment agreements and related employment documents
  • Mediation, Employment Relations Authority, and Employment Court
  • Disciplinary processes, including warnings and termination for misconduct
  • Employee performance management
  • Personal grievances, breach of employment agreement claims
  • Compliance with employment laws and regulations
  • Restructuring, redundancies and change management
  • Health and Safety, including defending parties being prosecuted by WorkSafe
  • Drafting and interpreting employee benefits, including bonuses and KiwiSaver
  • Preparing and amending HR policies
  • Holidays and leave
  • Restraints of trade
  • Due diligence on employment issues in proposed business acquisitions
  • Independent contractor agreements


Ani Bennett
027 488 5994

PO BOX 16354

Tauranga Chambers:

Jackson Reeves Lawyers Building
31 Hamilton Street

Waihi Chambers:

Clark & Gay Lawyers Building
61 Seddon Street