New Zealand

Team Leader, New ZealandMichael

Over 35 years of experience in labor and employment law. This includes the negotiation and documentation of all forms of employment agreements as well as contracts for personal services. He is very experienced in drafting numerous codes, policies, manuals and procedures of different types for employers. He has assisted in the resolution of issues ranging from health and safety matters to sexual harassment. To achieve such solutions Michael has utilized conciliation, mediation, other alternative dispute resolution means, arbitration and the judicial processes. In doing so, Michael has appeared on numerous occasions in the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal.

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance

Professional  Experience:

  • Co-founder, Quigg Partners 2000 - Present
  • Partner, Kensington Swan, 1990-2000
  • Partner, Perry Castle, 1986-1990
  • Partner, Perry Wylie Pope & Page, 1979-86
  • Scott Hardie Boys Morrison & Co, 1976-79
  • Ministry of Defence, 1973-75


  • LLB Victoria University of Wellington, 1975
  • LLM Victoria University of Wellington, 1987
  • Diploma of Trial Advocacy, San Diego State University, 1986
  • Negotiation Skills Course, Harvard Law School, 1997
  • LEADR NZ Panel of Mediators, 1993-2007
  • LEADR Advanced Mediation Certificate, 2002
  • Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction, (5 day course) 2008

Language: English

Professional Memberships:

  • President of Cricket Wellington
  • IHC National Board Member – current Vice President
  • New Zealand Law Society – Current Chair of NZLS Employment Law Committee
  • Wellington District Law Society
  • LEADR Accredited Member
  • Wellington District Law Society Costs Revision Panel
  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • Institute of Directors of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Institute of Management
  • New Zealand Cricket Museum Board


  • Sought after as a speaker at various conferences, workshops and seminars.  Regular presenter for external agencies as well as leading his team in presenting a variety of workshops, seminars and in house training programs.


  • Recognized for extensive knowledge of employment law – Chambers Global 2012


Established in 2000, our New Zealand affiliate is one of the country’s leading business law practices, specializing in labor and employment law and mergers and acquisitions. The firm assists overseas businesses undertaking corporate transactions and with a business presence in New Zealand, advising on commercial contracts, intellectual property, employment issues among many other areas. The firm has access to an extensive network of specialist external counsel in New Zealand covering a variety of sectors.

Labor and Employment Practice:

The New Zealand team is top-ranked for providing integrated labor and employment law solutions to clients in the region. The labor and employment law team works with large government organizations and multi-national corporations, providing representation and advice on a variety of workplace issues. The group has particular expertise areas including audit and compliance programs, drafting and negotiating employment agreements, employment disputes, employee benefits, human rights, resolving industrial action, health and safety matters, accident compensation as well as providing professional advice to boards of directors.

The Plus - Business Law Capacity:

The New Zealand team is recognized for its ability to advise and represent New Zealand corporations as well as global investors and companies across numerous sectors.  

The team’s clients include high profile multi-national companies, New Zealand companies private and public, and a range of trans-Tasman businesses across sectors including media, technology, health and auto. The firm also represents a variety of governmental organizations. 

Key Facts:

  • Location: Wellington
  • Size: 3 Partners, 5 Associates
  • Business Law Practice Areas: Capital Market/Securities; Corporate, Commercial; Insurance; Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity; Regulatory; Takeovers and related areas
  • Languages: English


  • Chambers Global
  • Who’s Who Legal of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers
  • Finance Monthly Law Awards
  • Corporate INTL's Awards Programme
  • Boutique Corporate Law Firm of the Year – InterContinental
  • Finance Magazine’s Global Awards