SBM Legal Receives a Band 1 Ranking from Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2015

L&E Global is pleased to announce that its member firm in New Zealand, SBM Legal (formerly Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon), was the only boutique law firm to receive a Band 1 ranking in employment law by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015.

Chambers praised the SBM Legal team for their outstanding work on employment law related matters and promoted the firm to a Band 1 ranking (previously Band 2).

This is a major achievement for our colleagues at SBM Legal and on behalf of everyone at L&E Global we extend well-deserved congratulations!

According to Chambers

What the team is known for Highly respected boutique practice with a wealth of experience in this area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They don’t just give you the lawyer’s answer: they know the business and they look at realities, so there’s a practicality to their advice.”

“I was very impressed with their level of competency and customer service.”

Notable practitioners

Kathryn Beck is acclaimed both for her employment expertise and for her high level of client service. One appreciative client states: “She’s very good; very competent, she knows her stuff, and she’s pragmatic.” She acts prominently on industrial relations matters, bringing to this work valuable experience of having represented both employers and unions in previous mandates.

Don Mackinnon has over 25 years’ experience in this field and is held in high regard for being “very solutions-focused.” Another interviewee records that “Don is approachable and always makes time to assist when required.” He fields particularly deep expertise in employment law issues in the media and sports sectors.

Clients describe Penny Swarbrick as “incredibly capable and knowledgeable.” She is an experienced advocate, handling a number of high-calibre contentious employment matters.

SBM Legal

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.