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Claire McCool

Direct Dial: +64 3265 0310
Mobile: 021 885 086
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co as an Associate in 2018.


I am an experienced advocate who takes a pragmatic approach to delivering tailored advice to my clients.


I bring extensive experience on all aspects of employment-related matters including performance and disciplinary processes; restructuring; redundancy; leave entitlements; employment agreements and policies; industrial relations and post-termination obligations.  I also advise on workplace health and safety issues from compliance to prosecutions.


My previous experience as a Crown Prosecutor gives me an added edge when providing advice to clients with respect to investigations and court hearings.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

Claire McCool was absolutely wonderful. Compassionate, patient and understanding, and I felt like she had my back 100%. She advocated for me beautifully and negotiated a very good settlement with everything that was important to me. I can't compliment her enough and would recommend her in a heartbeat."

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"I felt at every step that my lawyer was very knowledgeable and in control of the situation
I had clear advice and instructions and felt confident that we were following due process"

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12 May 2021

New Fair Pay Agreement System

On 7 May 2021 the Government announced a new policy on Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs). The Fair Pay Agreement System sets out the union/employer bargaining process and will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an industry/occupation.

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5 February 2021

Waitangi Day and Mondayisation

Those who work a Monday to Friday job will be looking forward to a long weekend. While Waitangi Day falls on a Saturday this year, the public holiday is taken on the following Monday.

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9 July 2020

Triangular Employment Relationships

Joining controlling third parties to personal grievance claims The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019(Act)came into force on 27 June 2020.   The Act has far reaching implications for employers who use labour-hire companies.

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