Penelope was admitted to the Bar in 1990. She has extensive experience in employment law in the private and public sectors. She also has a related involvement in health law including medico-legal work and civil litigation. She was in-house counsel with ECNZ from 1992-1994. She has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Tribunal and Court, and the High Court as counsel, and as second counsel in higher courts. She is experienced in all forms of alternate dispute resolution, including mediation, in employment and commercial disputes.
An experienced advocate, Penelope acted as junior amicus curiae in the Moutoa Gardens (Maori occupation) case. She has presented numerous seminars and training sessions in workplace law, including for the Chamber of Commerce. Between April 2004 and October 2008 she wrote regular columns on employment law which were published in The Dominion Post, The Press (Christchurch), and the Waikato Times. She was a trustee and board member for the New Zealand School of Dance from December 2004 to December 2013 and is still actively involved in the ballet community. She is a trustee of mutual benefit funds for airline pilots and air traffic controllers.
Recent articles by Penelope
- Mediation can offer a final solution to some disputes
- Act in good time to avoid constructive dismissal claims
- Records of settlement negate future legal claims
- Employee information confidential
- Dealing with troublemakers who cut up rough on the job
- A uniform and badge did the trick
- What to do when staff stay away
- Employment grief averted by detail in job ads, interviews