Our employment law team will provide you with a service that best suits your needs. We bring to our work an interesting blend of work and life experiences. We understand the heartache and distress employees and employers experience when confronted by employment relationship problems. Our job is to help you find a solution to your problems and we pride ourselves in doing this very well.
Anna Oberndorfer is the Managing Director of PBEL Ltd. She has an LLB as well as a BA in Political Science. She represented the University of Canterbury in the prestigious ALSA international championships in Melbourne in which teams from around Australia, New Zealand and the broader Asia-Pacific battle it out in various disciplines. Anna was New Zealand’s top performer in the art of cross-examination. Anna has been practising since 2011 and was the Area Manager for one of our competitors. Anna is regarded as one of Canterbury’s leading employment advocates. She is known for having an excellent understanding of her client’s case and the law. Anna is also a parent of four boys and appreciates the realities of managing work, business and family life. Anna works in our city and Kaiapoi offices.
Dave has been a practicing Barrister and Solicitor since 2011. He was Managing Director of his own law firm in the Waikato and most recently was contracted to the role of Prosecutor with the Canterbury Police Prosecution Service. Dave has a pragmatic attitude toward dealing with employment issues and is committed to achieving the best possible result for his clients. His calm, yet no nonsense approach is appreciated by those he represents. Dave is available for early morning appointments for those clients that need to see an advocate outside of business hours.
Vanessa’s role at PBEL is both advocacy and providing advice in all aspects of employment law via the employment advice platforms. Vanessa’s initial use of her LLB was in advocacy for the charitable and rural sectors including both drafting submissions and presenting to select committees of Parliament. She was frequently complimented for the high quality of these presentations. Vanessa moved to employment law, an area of law in which she had excelled at University and had maintained a strong interest in. Vanessa’s own non-legal experience equips her well to understand the issues in diverse workplaces and at all levels within an organization. She has experience working in the for-profit sector, the charity sector, is a member of the IOD and a past Board member of the YWCA Hamilton Board. Vanessa’s understanding of the workplace is enhanced by additional study she has undertaken for example at a Business and Law Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Lorie is the first person people will have contact with when contacting PBEL. She manages the office. Lorie will offer employment advice via our advice line and can assist your business with drafting or amending employment agreements. Lorie has come from a background of Human Resources and Business Management. Over the past 10 years she has managed multiple-site businesses and has extensive experience in people management and human resource functions. With her husband she shares the parenting of two teenage daughters. Lorie brings to her role the essential empathy and understanding needed when employment relationships are struggling.
Hiromi has an LLB and a B.Ed. She is an employment law advocate at PBEL. She has worked in a variety of industries both in NZ and overseas including hospitality, tourism, entertainment, teaching, and freelance interpreting/translation in English and Japanese which frequently involved liaising with government agencies, businesses and community organisations. She has also practiced as a solicitor at private law firms since her admission to the bar. Her passion for employment law comes from her own work and life experiences which taught her the importance and significance of employment and of human relationships in this. With her up-front and pragmatic approach, she is committed to solving any employment issue and advocating for her clients’ best interests. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, art, movies, walks in nature.