Blair Edwards has an honours degree in law and Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History.
Having practised employment law for many years in one of New Zealand's largest law firms, Blair joined the independent bar as a barrister sole in 2008, before going on to establish Edwards Law – Employment Law Specialists, New Zealand’s largest firm of barristers specialising in employment law. With significant experience in employment relations, Blair gives practical advice on all contentious and non-contentious legal and human resource issues that arise in your workplace. Blair assists clients to prevent employment problems from arising and represents clients when employment relationships have broken down.
Blair regularly attends mediations, Employment Relations Authority investigation meetings and hearings in the Employment Court and District Court. Blair has also appeared in the Human Rights Commission, the Accident Compensation Review Authority, District Court - ACC Appeals and the Court of Appeal.
Blair also has vast experience in assisting clients with health and safety issues in the workplace and regularly advises employers, contractors and employees on their health and safety obligations.
Blair presents seminars for clients and external organisations (including LexisNexis and Conferenz).
Blair has also acted as a mediator in workplace disputes and is a LEADR trained mediator. Blair also acts as an independent workplace investigator.
Aishleen Sluiters has a degree in law and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Philosophy from the University of Auckland.
In 2012, Aishleen started working in an Auckland barristers’ chambers, whilst completing her professional legal studies.
Aishleen joined Edwards Law in April 2013. Aishleen has a broad range of experience in employment law, including all types of personal grievance claims, disciplinary and performance concerns, workplace health and safety and restructuring.
Aishleen has significant experience in providing strategic advice and assisting in resolving contentious employment matters. She also has experience in drafting legal documents (including agreements, correspondence and pleadings). Aishleen routinely represents both employee and employer clients in mediations, and also represents clients in the Employment Relations Authority.
Aishleen is focused on providing practical advice, has a passion for people and maintains a high work standard in order to meet clients’ needs.
Kate Fitz-John (nee Wilson) graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 2015. Kate began her legal career in general practice, including a career highlight as Junior Defence Counsel for a Multi-Defendant High Court Trial. Kate has a broad range of experience and exposure to court processes. She brings a depth of knowledge and understanding to her clients’ needs. Kate advises on a range of matters, including:
Kate provides practical advice and works hard to understand her clients to get the best result.
Madeleine Lister has a degree in law from the University of Otago. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in November 2017, Madeleine joined Edwards Law in July 2017.
Madeleine has a broad range of experience in employment law, including drafting a variety of personal grievance claims for clients faced with disciplinary and performance concerns.
Madeleine also has experience in drafting legal documents and she has represented clients at both disciplinary meetings and mediations.
Madeleine is an outgoing and driven person who enjoys applying her problem-solving skills to assist others.
Rachel Nightingale has a degree in law from the University of Canterbury and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in November 2018.
Rachel joined Edwards Law in September 2019. She has a strong foundation in employment law, having previously worked as an advisor at an employer association and as a lawyer at another law firm.
Rachel has significant experience in drafting legal documentation, in particular employment agreements, policies and legal advice. Her experience also extends to having represented clients in the Family Court, including Care of Children and Domestic Violence proceedings.
Rachel is a highly motivated individual who is enthusiastic about guiding our clients through the employment law landscape.
William Buckley graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in October 2019.
William has started his legal career with Edwards Law, and he regularly assists with drafting employment agreements, raising personal grievance claims, and undertaking research on more contentious legal issues. William has also assisted with restructure proposals and negotiated exits.
Outside of work, William enjoys hiking and rock climbing whenever he gets the chance.
Kristin Price is studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism at the Auckland University of Technology.
Kristin will graduate mid-2020, followed by her professional legal studies. She is an enthusiastic and practical person who works hard to assist clients with legal drafting and research.
Hannah Cassone is the team’s part time administrator. Hannah does the firm’s billing and operational tasks to help our team with efficiently assisting our clients.
Hannah is completing her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology at Auckland University of Technology with the ultimate goal of practising law in the coming years.