Janet is the Managing Partner of Copeland Ashcroft Law, and president of the Southland branch of the New Zealand Law Society. With over 25 years’ experience in employment and health and safety law, Janet also has extensive governance experience having been involved in governance roles across a range of sectors including national sporting codes, netball franchises, tertiary education and local government.
Janet predominately acts for employers and has significant experience in the aged care, transport, tourism, education, construction, health, non-profit, agriculture, local government, trades and professional services areas.
For all of her career Janet has assisted employers in collective bargaining with unions and is very experienced in providing strategic industrial relations advice and representation. She has handled health and safety prosecutions and sentencing as well as supporting clients through WorkSafe investigations. Her regular appearances in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court mean she is well placed to advise on all employment law related matters.
Janet holds a certificate in workplace investigations from the Association of Workplace Investigators, as the only internationally recognised course of its nature, and has significant experience in conducting and advising on investigations.
Janet is Invercargill based but frequently travels to the firms offices in Dunedin and Queenstown, as well as around New Zealand, to resolve client matters.
Rebecca holds both a law and psychology degree from the University of Otago having graduated in 2012. Rebecca offers advice and guidance to employer and employee clients on a wide range of employment law matters. This includes employment law compliance, reviewing and drafting employment agreements and assisting in resolving employment relationship problems.
Rebecca also has a keen interest in health and safety, most recently completing a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Co-Ordination) Level 4. With the relatively new health and safety legislation she is regularly carrying out reviews of health and safety documentation for clients, identifying gaps and focus areas, and assisting to bring these in line with the new laws. She also recently assisted with the development of a health and safety app.
She aims to help both businesses and individuals to understand how the law applies to their situations, offering practical solutions.
Rebecca is based in Dunedin but regularly supports the wider South Island Team.
Hoy completed her studies in Law and Psychology at the University of Otago. Prior to joining Copeland Ashcroft Law, she completed an internship at a law firm in Christchurch, before returning to start her career in Dunedin where she grew up.
In her spare time Hoy enjoys playing sports and music and spending time with family and friends.