Who are Sacked Kiwi?
Sacked Kiwi are the latest no win no fee provider to start operating in the employment law market but who are they? They say they are New Zealand’s leading Employee Advocacy service. They claim they have employment experts in Christchurch and have worked tirelessly throughout the industry for over a decade, helping clients throughout Christchurch to succeed in cases of all kinds. If so, then how come we have never heard of them until recently? They say they are based in the sunny Hawkes Bay and cover all of NZ and that they are able to assist with cases around Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Hawkes Bay and Auckland. They claim their team comprises a team of successful law experts and business operators with decades of legal experience both in New Zealand and around the world.
We asked Sacked Kiwi for the name of their Christchurch representative. A person who signed his email Alex replied asking whether our enquiry related to a specific matter or was it a general enquiry. We advised them it was a general enquiry. We explained we like to know who we are dealing with, particularly amongst the no win no fee providers because, unlike most law firms, they invariably don’t have the profiles of their people on their sites. They have not yet provided us with a name.
We would also like to know the names of the people who make up the team of successful law experts and business operators with decades of legal experience in New Zealand and around the World.
If there is a company trading as Sacked Kiwi, they have not published their name on their website. Our enquiries establish that Alexander Kersjes is associated with this business. Sacked Kiwi’s office is reportedly at the Blue Water Hotel where Alexander’s company, now in liquidation, once operated The Dutch bar.
What do we know about Alex Kersjes? We know he is not known to us as a law expert in employment law. When we checked employment cases on Westlaw he is not reported as having represented a person at the Employment Court or the Employment Relations Authority. While this does not mean he has not represented people at mediation, it does raise a question about his expertise should he hold himself out as a law expert.
We know the New Zealand Herald reported in March this year that a Hawke’s Bay entrepreneur had been adjudged bankrupt in the latest outfall from the collapse of businesses he used in a dramatic rise-and-fall buy-up of bars and restaurants in Hastings, Napier and Havelock North. This businessman was Sander Kersjes, also known as Alex Kersjes. This may qualify him to hold himself out as a business operator with decades of legal experience both in New Zealand and around the world but from our experience it is not the sort of background that people with employment problems are looking for. Significantly, as an undischarged bankrupt he can no longer direct or own a company, which begs the question is Alexander Kersjes Sacked Kiwi?
We wish to make it clear that we have no information that would say that the services you will receive from Alex Kersjes or Sacked Kiwi will not be of good quality. Equally, unlike 0800SACKED, we have no experiences that would cause us concern. The reason we have published this is to remind people looking for a solicitor or advocate to represent them, to make certain they find out about their reputation and background. Judging the person or firm solely on the fees they charge, what they say on their websites, the size of the firm, and titles of lawyer and consultant may mislead them about the quality of the services they will get.
Published on Monday, June 15th, 2015, under Blog