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.
Naoimh is a Senior Associate in Queenstown and part of CAL’s national team. She has practiced in litigation for over 10 years overseas and in New Zealand and now specialises in employment law, health and safety law, immigration and related work.
Naoimh advises on all forms of contentious and non-contentious employment situations. She partners with clients to provide strategic advice appropriate to the organisation or individual. Her frequent practice involves restructuring for commercial transactions, dismissals, investigations, restraint of trade, protection of confidential information. She has provided advice to employers dealing with complex issues regarding immigration and employee visas.
Naoimh is experienced in acting for a range of corporate organisations, and various government entities as well and individual and private clients. She has provided health and safety law advice on key construction projects within the Christchurch rebuild and complex conservation projects. With a background in general litigation practice, Naoimh has a valuable awareness of the variety of issues which often feature in employment, immigration and health and safety work.
Naoimh’s work is commercially focused and her advice is practical. She often travels to clients to understand their business. Her strength is identifying what a client needs to achieve and how to achieve it.
Naoimh lives in Queenstown with her dog and ensures she actively makes the most of living there.
Carolyn completed her law degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney before returning to work at Copeland Ashcroft Law in Queenstown and Wanaka.
Prior to commencing her law degree, Carolyn spent over 12 years working in human resource management roles in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. She also has a Commerce degree with honours and an Arts degree in Psychology from University of Otago.
Carolyn enjoys working with both employee and employer clients to provide practical solutions to their employment law issues, and also has a keen interest in immigration issues regarding working visas, which arise regularly in the Queenstown market.
Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys travelling, skiing, yoga and sampling the great food and wine of Central Otago.
Lavinia is originally from Marlborough, and completed her studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
Prior to joining Copeland Ashcroft, Lavinia worked for a law firm in Christchurch, in their immigration team. She has expertise in immigration law, and is experienced in assisting both employers and employees with various immigration matters.
Lavinia has a practical approach to providing advice, which focuses on clients’ specific needs.