SBM Legal (formerly Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon) is independently recognised as one of New Zealand’s most outstanding employment law firms.
All three name partners (Kathryn Beck, Don Mackinnon and Penny Swarbrick) are leading practitioners in employment law. They are supported by an excellent team of specialist employment lawyers with a broad range of experience and skills. The firm also has close links with a number of consultants, whom they contract on an “as needed” basis.
The clients think of SBM Legal as employment law advisers, strategists, risk management negotiators and compliance specialists. Many of the larger employer clients also see the firm as a key extension of their HR Departments.
What they say
Employment boutique SBM Legal in Auckland is ‘one of the best in the country’ and ‘rates extremely high on all factors’. Its advises large corporations such as Coca-Cola Amatil, McDonald’s Restaurants and Foodstuffs North Island, as well as senior executives and unions. The firm continues to attract new blue-chip clients such as Designer Textiles, Funnell Group, Moana New Zealand, Maori Television and New Zealand Rugby. It has also provided strategic advice to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which administers the mediation service for the Employment Relations Authority. The firm has leading lights in Penny Swarbrick, Kathryn Beck (who is ‘highly regarded and very easy to work with’), Don Mackinnon (who is ‘a very experienced lawyer with particular expertise in union negotiations’) and Bridget Smith (who ‘has comprehensive knowledge and shows excellent judgement’). Senior associates Matthew McGoldrick (who is ‘very competent and helpful’), Tim Oldfield (who is ‘a great communicator who works well with unions’) and Sarah Ongley are also recommended. – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018