Employment Law Specialists
SBM Legal (formerly Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon) is the result of the merger of two employment law firms, Mackinnon & Associates and Swarbrick Beck. SBM Legal is independently recognised as one of New Zealand’s most outstanding employment law firms.
All four partners (Penny Swarbrick, Kathryn Beck, Don Mackinnon and Bridget Smith) 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.
When clients need an effective solution they want to deal directly with specialists in their field. That’s exactly what we offer our clients at SBM Legal. We have a results-focused approach within an efficient and practical framework. All of us enjoy working with a diverse range of people from individuals and unions to large corporate clients.
Our clients regard us as employment law advisers, strategists, risk management negotiators and compliance specialists. Many of our larger employer clients also see us as a key extension of their HR Departments. When working for employee clients we are their trusted advisers in a difficult and often upsetting time.
Our areas of expertise include:
• Employment law compliance
• Employment relationship problems
• Mediation and litigation representation
• Independent mediations and investigations
• Collective negotiations
• Managing business change
• Health and safety
• HR Audits
• Education law
• Industrial Relations
• Medico legal issues
• Sports law
SBM Legal has expanded its global reach by accepting an invitation to join L&E Global – a rapidly growing international integrated alliance of premier labour and employment law firms in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region.