Geoff Davenport – Partner

Professional Expertise
Employment law. Advising and representing corporate, state entities, unions and individuals in the full range of employment law issues – from hiring to firing and all that comes in between, with particular emphasis on dispute resolution.

Industrial relations. Advising employers and unions on collective bargaining strategies, processes and outcomes.

Civil litigation.

Dispute Resolutions/ADR

Qualifications
LLB (Hons) (Otago, 1993); BCom (Otago, 1993), LLM (U.British Col, 1998)

Admitted
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1993
Barrister and Solicitor of England and Wales, 1999

Background
Geoff joined the firm in June 2000 and became a partner in September 2001 Geoff has specialised in employment law since his admission as a barrister and solicitor in 1993. In his career to date, Geoff’s experience has included the following:

  1. Five years as an employment law solicitor in the employment team of Bell Gully Buddle Weir, in Wellington, one of the largest and leading employment law teams in New Zealand at the time;
  2. Geoff left Bell Gully in 1997 to travel on a scholarship to the University of British Columbia in Canada to complete a Masters in Law in good faith collective bargaining;
  3. After completing his Masters, Geoff took up a post with the United Nations, working for the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, providing advice to, and drafting labour legislation and policy for, various governments;
  4. In 1999 Geoff accepted a position as an employment solicitor in the employment law team of Allen & Overy, a multi-national law firm based in London.

Upon returning to New Zealand, Geoff sought a position with a specialist and expert employment law firm, namely Broadmore Barnett (now McBride Davenport James). Since joining the firm, Geoff has acted for a wide range of employers, unions, employees and the Government on various employment related issues. Geoff has also published the leading text on good faith collective bargaining under the Employment Relations Act, is on the Editorial Board of Mazengarb Employment Law and the Employment Law Bulletin.

Personal Interests
Family, sports of all kinds, tramping and the outdoors, and travel.