Penny is a partner at Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Auckland) and nearly thirty years of broad legal experience. In the course of her career Penny has worked for the NZ Department of Labour as a solicitor, as an employers’ representative and solicitor with the national employers’ organisation, as a barrister sole and then as a partner in a specialist employment law firm. As a result she brings an extensive insight into the practical implications of employment relationship problems for her clients.
Penny has advised and represented many of New Zealand’s largest employers in bargaining, dispute resolution, restructuring, management of change, consultation and litigation in both employment and civil jurisdictions. She is regarded as an outstanding advocate and has appeared in many leading cases at all levels including the Court of Appeal.
Penny has also served as a Convener of the ADLS Employment Law Committee, made submissions on behalf of the Law Society and others to Select Committees on legislative change, provided educational road shows for the Law Society, and is a regular speaker at ADLS, NZLS and private conferences.
What they say
Penny Swarbrick offers a wealth of employment law knowledge and represents employers during contentious employment disputes. She also has experience advising on workplace investigations. Peers say: “She is very pragmatic and solution-oriented. She has great experience and is wise.” – Chambers and Partners