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.
Ph: (03) 365 2150 M: 027 320 1447
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.
Ph: (03) 365 2150 M: 027 205 2683
Dafydd is an adept advocate and provides advice in all aspects of employment law. Dafydd regularly represents clients at investigation and disciplinary meetings, at mediation and has experience in the Employment Relations Authority. Dafydd takes a pragmatic approach in delivering practical solutions for his clients and is committed to consider a case from all its angles. He is has been described as a thoughtful and personable advocate to work with by both clients and other representatives. He has an LLB and BA(Hons) and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Outside of the office Dafydd is a fitness enthusiast and you will regularly find him in the gym or running his dog around Hagley Park.
Ph: (03) 365 2150 M: 027 918 7045
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.
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.