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Emma Butcher LLB



Emma is a founding partner of BE Employment Law together with Angela Evans. Emma spent her first 14 years, 4 as a partner, with a leading national firm and the next 14 as a partner at another boutique employment firm.

Emma chose employment law as her specialist area because of its diverse and challenging technical legal issues applied to human problems. While litigation and dispute resolution were where Emma originally focussed, and continues to practice, in more recent years she has become sought out for her outstanding judgement and strategic insights on advisory work. Emma is frequently involved in providing guidance at governance and leadership level, as a trusted and reliable navigator of the most complex and difficult workplace law issues.

DDI +64 9 553 7174
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Angela Evans LLB BA



Angela is a founding partner of BE Employment Law together with Emma Butcher.  Angela has almost 20 years’ legal experience, having practiced in leading firms in London and New Zealand before starting BE Employment Law.

Angela is an employment law specialist who provides client-centric advice on all aspects of employment and industrial relations law, and represents her clients at mediation and in the Employment Relations Authority and Court. Angela’s experience and intuition mean she is often asked to guide her clients through complex employment relations matters.

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Mobile +64 21 516 105


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Kelly Rowell LLB

Special Counsel


Kelly joined BE Employment Law following over 11 years in her own practice as a Barrister. Previously, she worked as a senior associate with another specialist employment law firm.

Kelly is skilled at quickly identifying the key issues at the heart of an employment relationship problem and developing effective strategies to best meet our clients’ desired outcomes. She is insightful and experienced, with excellent judgement, making her a trusted advisor to our clients. In addition, Kelly has a wealth of workplace investigation knowledge and experience, which she uses to assist clients undergoing that difficult process, to get the best possible resolution.

DDI 09 281 5320
Mobile 027 549 0399

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Charlotte Joy LLB (Hons.) BA

Senior Associate


Charlotte helps our clients navigate all the complexities of employment law, both contentious and advisory. Strategic, outcome-focused and pragmatic, Charlotte is particularly expert in assisting employers to resolve disputes, work through complex restructuring projects, manage issues involving employee health and wellbeing, and navigate difficult workplace investigations. Charlotte has represented clients in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, and Court of Appeal.

Charlotte joined BE Employment Law from a leading national full-service firm.

DDI 09 553 4310
Mobile 021 176 6993

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Tanya Preston LLB (Hons.)



Tanya focuses on promptly identifying key issues and providing practical, strategic, commercial advice to our clients to achieve the preferred outcome. Confident, pragmatic and solution focused, Tanya is a specialist at helping clients navigate litigation and overcome issues arising from all aspects of employment law. She has represented clients at mediations and in the Employment Relations Authority.

Tanya joined BE from another boutique employment firm. Prior to that Tanya has worked in Immigration, Insurance and general Litigation practices, so brings a full range of knowledge to the team.

DDI 09 553 7175
Mobile 021 083 00644

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Suzie England-Hall LLB BCA



Suzie joined BE Employment Law after working inhouse as an employment relations lawyer for a large New Zealand company. Prior to this, Suzie worked as a senior solicitor with another specialist employment law firm.

Suzie’s mix of in-house and private practice employment law experience allows her to combine her technical legal skills with her operational know-how to provide tailored solutions-based advice for our clients. Suzie has experience working with employers and employees across a wide range of difficult workplace issues, including performance management, disciplinary matters, restructures, medical incapacity, and personal grievances. Suzie has represented clients in numerous mediations and in the Employment Relations Authority.

Mobile 022 306 0058

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Vijay Mistry LLB (Hons.) BSc



Vijay has made a strong start to his career with BE Employment Law, joining the firm at a time where our clients needed urgent assistance with issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, including advice on interpreting constantly changing legislation, redundancies and health and safety. Vijay is now applying the skills he learned during this time to solving contemporary problems for our clients and providing skilled and thorough research assistance to the team in all the technical areas of law for both our advisory and dispute work. In addition, Vijay is honing his skills around employment agreements and policy drafting, privacy and other compliance issues for our employer clients.

Vijay joined BE Employment Law in 2021 whilst completing his Law (Honours) dissertation at the University of Auckland and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in October 2022.

DDI 09 930 9144
Mobile 021 0249 5207

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Myrneen McIntosh BEd DipTch

Practice Manager


Myrneen is a powerhouse! Dedicated, calm and detail orientated with a passion for optimising operations, she has strong organisational skills that she uses to ensure the firm runs like clockwork. Myrneen takes care of all of BE’s systems and procedures so that our team can focus on delivering excellent service to our clients in a high functioning, supported environment. Her energetic, can-do attitude and unflappable demeanour, brings a positive air to our whole working experience.

Before joining BE Employment Law, initially as our contracted Accounts Manager before taking up the wider Practice Management role, Myrneen provided top tier administrative support to two leading King’s Counsel, for over 8 years. In a former life, Myrneen worked in recruitment and HR in the UK, where she lived for over a decade.

Mobile 021 182 6830

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Naomi Urika BCom

Legal PA


Naomi offers comprehensive and efficient support to the legal team in all aspects of BE Employment Law. From being the first point of contact for suppliers and internal staff, through to client care, IT, and helping to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the office, Naomi is a key part of the team. With over four years of legal support experience, a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and her people-focussed warm personality, Naomi’s intelligent and calm presence helps us achieve the best outcomes for our clients.

DDI 09 553 7172