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SBM Legal announce changes to partnership

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The partnership of employment law and human resource specialist firm SBM Legal farewell one and welcome two as of 30 October, 2019.

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Anthony Russell, Penny Swarbrick, Kathryn Beck, Bridget Smith, Matthew McGoldrick

Don Mackinnon has stepped down as a partner to pursue a role as a Barrister. Don has been with SBM since it was founded in 2008, and has over 30 years’ experience in employment law and industrial relations. He was previously a partner at Simpson Grierson’s in its employment law team, as well as Head of Litigation.

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Don Mackinnon

Don will provide legal services to SBM clients on an as-need basis, as he takes the opportunity to focus on areas of law including investigations and bargaining and his commitments in sports governance.

Matthew McGoldrick has been joined the partnership, having been with SBM Legal since 2013. He was formerly Senior Associate.

Matthew regularly represents employers and employees in mediation and before the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District Court and in the High Court. He provides advice on varied matters such as restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary matters, termination of employment and health and safety.

Anthony Russell has also joined SBM Legal’s partnership, formerly a Principal.

Anthony has over 25 years’ legal experience, holding senior employment law positions at two leading law firms. He has worked with unions and has acted as a prosecutor for the Serious Fraud Office. He has also lectured in law at the University of Waikato and more recently, at AUT.