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Gillian Service

Gillian Service



  • Employment and Labor
  • Privacy
  • Health and Safety

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Industrial Relations
Leading our Auckland Employment team, Gillian is an internationally recognised employment law specialist with a pragmatic approach that is highly valued by clients. Gillian is passionate about the future of work and the challenges organisations face both locally and globally.

Gillian specialises in risk management in business arising from people. She is regularly sought as a thought leader on the future of work and complex pieces of legislation such as the Holidays Act and strategic Industrial Relations advice. Gillian advises on all aspects of risk management relevant to the full breadth of employment law issues, including:

- Protection of confidential information and restraints of trade
- Worker status, contingent workforces and flexible working models
- Industrial relations
- Health and safety including bullying, harassment and well-being
- Privacy
- Regulatory issues
- Human Rights and discrimination

Gillian has practiced employment law in top tier law firms in Scotland, England and New Zealand.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in New Zealand (2010),England and Wales (2003) and Scotland (2000)


LLB (Hons), DIP LP, University of Glasgow
Areas of Practice

Employment and Labor | Health and Safety | Privacy

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Employment lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Labour and Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific


COVID-19 Vaccinations: The Workplace Essentials
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2021

As New Zealand gets ready for the new traffic light system and living with COVID all employers should be taking steps to address the risks that COVID-19 presents in the workplace and how these risks can be best managed. There are a lot of questions being raised. We have put together this short guide and flowchart of the things that all employers of sizes should be considering and putting in place now...

Can we vaccinate? Yes, we can.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are now on the list of topics to avoid at dinner parties (which are still virtual for those of us in Auckland). Globally, we have seen COVID-19 vaccinations create mixed emotions around civic responsibilities and bodily autonomy, and spark protests in breach of many “stay at home” orders...

The Privacy Act 2020: What Insurers Need to Know
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

Businesses are operating in a world in which cyber threats are becoming more widespread (it is now a matter of when, not if) and individuals are increasingly prepared to act to protect their personal information or make claims if their privacy has been breached...

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