Two employment lawyers rejoin Bell Gully

Grace Stacey-Jacobs and Anna Codlin make their NZ comebacks as senior associate and associate

Two employment lawyers rejoin Bell Gully
Anna Codlin and Grace Stacey-Jacobs

Employment lawyers Grace Stacey-Jacobs and Anna Codlin have returned to New Zealand to rejoin the employment team at Bell Gully.

“We are delighted to welcome Grace and Anna back to the employment team,” employment law partner Liz Coats said. “Their extensive local and international experience and commitment to client service add considerable depth to our employment practice.”

Stacey-Jacobs re-joins the firm as a senior associate after stints at Clyde & Co and Herbert Smith Freehills in London. She provides advice on a wide array of employment issues, such as personal grievances, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary actions, performance issues, restraints of trade, and negotiated exits.

Moreover, she helps clients deal with workplace health and safety matters, including due diligence obligations and WorkSafe prosecutions.

Meanwhile, Codlin re-joins the firm as an associate. She was previously with Clyde & Co in London and Seyfarth Shaw in Melbourne, where she gained international experience in employment law across a range of industries, including insurance, professional and financial services, and telecommunications.

She regularly advises clients on contractual and policy matters, terminations, grievances, and other employment related disputes. She also represents employers in contentious matters relating to unfair dismissal claims, discrimination allegations, protected disclosures, and breaches of restraints of trade. 

“The issues both Anna and Grace have been advising on in other jurisdictions are increasingly relevant to our New Zealand clients,” Coats said. “For example, we are seeing a lot of focus on non-compete clauses in employment contracts, whistleblowing policies and investigations, and an increased focus on discrimination claims – these are all issues Anna and Grace have seen play out in Australia and the UK.”

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