I am a Lawyer in the Litigation Team at Saunders & Co, specialising in Employment Law.
After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (English and French) at the University of Canterbury, I launched my legal career in 2017 and joined Saunders & Co in February 2020.
I have developed a deep passion for Employment Law; be it assisting employees with personal grievances or assisting employers with restructures or disciplinary investigations.
I have represented both employees and employers at disciplinary meetings, mediations and at the Employment Relations Authority. I enjoy problem-solving and developing creative legal arguments to assist clients in achieving their goals.
Though I specialise in Employment Law, I also have experience with Wills, Trusts, Estates, Relationship Property, and Conveyancing, which enables me to assist clients with other areas of their lives in addition to their employment issues.
I am a member of the NZLS Canterbury-Westland Branch Employment Law Committee and the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association.
Outside of work you’ll find me at the gym, caring for my various exotic pets and singing my heart out in choirs, bands or at church.
What My Clients Say
I found Deborah Hendry to be very responsive providing excellent advice about my situation. Deborah has very good interpersonal skills making communication a breeze. If you had an employee-of-the-month award Deborah would be my pick! Look after her - Deborah is a great advocate for Saunders.John De Bono
A lot of our clients have been asking us about COVID-19 vaccines, in particular whether they can require their employees to have vaccines.
Applications for the Wage Subsidy opened at 9 am on Friday 20 August 2021. To be eligible, businesses must expect a loss of at least 40% of revenue as a result of the move to Level 4.
At 11. 59pm on Tuesday 17 August 2021, all of New Zealand was placed into Alert Level 4 Lockdown following the discovery of a community case of the delta variant of COVID-19.
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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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