Judge Perkins Retires

The Chief Judge has advised that a special ceremonial sitting of the Court will be held on 27 November 2020, at Auckland, to mark Judge Perkins’ retirement as a Judge of the Employment Court. 

The ceremonial sitting will be held in Auckland at 4 pm on Friday 27 November 2020 in Courtroom 2.01 on level 2 of Chorus House, 41 Federal Street. The ceremonial sitting, which will last about an hour, will be followed by a light afternoon tea.

Employment Court Judge appointed

Auckland barrister and solicitor Kathryn Beck has been appointed as a Judge of the Employment Court to be based in Auckland.

Ms Beck has been a partner with SBM Legal (formerly Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon and Swarbrick Beck), a boutique employment law firm, since 2005. Her employment practice is evenly spread between employee/union and employer work.

From 1993 to 2005 she worked for Haigh Lyon undertaking a broad range of litigation and worked extensively with John Haigh QC on a number of employment matters in most levels of courts and tribunals. From 2016 to 2019 Ms Beck was President of the New Zealand Law Society. She has also had extensive involvement in NZ Rugby Respect and Responsibility Review Panel and Advisory Board.

Judge Beck will be sworn in on 7 August 2020 in Auckland.

Barriers to Participation Symposium

Find out more about the Barriers to Participation Symposium held on 13 September 2018 [PDF, 487 KB]; and the further Symposium held on 22 May 2019 [PDF, 362 KB]; see also the LawTalk article regarding the 2019 Symposium [PDF, 94 KB].