Bridget Smith was appointed a Partner on 1 May 2012 having joined the firm as a Senior Associate in March 2011. Prior to that, she worked in the specialist employment teams of two national commercial firms.
Bridget advises on the full range of employment law issues for both employers and employees alike. She has broad advocacy experience. She has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and also makes regular appearances in the specialist employment jurisdictions.
Bridget is a regular commentator on employment law issues in publications such as the New Zealand Herald and on stuff.co.nz. In addition, Bridget is regularly sought as a presenter at both client and industry seminars.
Bridget’s strengths include her commitment to understanding the issues faced by her clients and the impact on their businesses or on them personally. She thinks practically and pragmatically to achieve commercial and workable solutions. Who’s Who Legal International rate her as an expert (alongside Penny, Kathryn and Don) and Chambers and Partners have referred to her as ‘thorough and responsive’.