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.