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.
Kristin carried out her studies at Otago University. After completing an entertainment law clerkship in Melbourne Australia, Kristin relocated to her home province of Southland to join the team at Copeland Ashcroft Law.
Kristin supports employer and employee clients across the full scope of work related issues, including with dispute resolution.
Kristin enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, as well as taking part in a variety of cultural, sporting and outdoor activities.
Jenny has a wide range of experience, having worked in both private practice and the public sector. Jenny graduated from Otago University in 2000 with law and French degrees. Developing an interest in human resource management, she recently obtained a post graduate qualification in this field..
Jenny offers advice and guidance to clients on a range of employment law matters. She seeks to provide clients with sound solutions in a practical and timely manner.
Outside of the office, Jenny is a keen amateur photographer and a member of a charity baking organisation. Jenny has recently returned to Invercargill with her family. She is enjoying being back in the south and making the most of the opportunities that exist right on her doorstep.
Jahna completed her studies in Law and History at the University of Otago in 2018. Originally from Christchurch, Jahna relocated to Invercargill to join the team at Copeland Ashcroft Law and is excited to start her legal career.
Outside of work, Jahna enjoys keeping active and spending time with her friends and family.
Sally has recently returned to Copeland Ashcroft Law and taken up a new role as Practice Coordinator / Executive Assistant. Having worked previously for the company in the role of EA for Janet Copeland before moving out of Southland, she is now looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring. Sally has spent the last 30 years working in various administrative positions and enjoys the employment/health & safety law sector.