Fiona McMillan


LLB, BA - University of Canterbury; Investigators Certification - Association of Workplace Investigators (2019)


Fiona is the Auckland Partner of the Employment Law team and commenced her career with Lane Neave in 2007. Fiona and her team act for both employees and employers in matters involving employment relations, health and safety, human rights, privacy and ACC.

Fiona advises on all aspects of termination including performance management, misconduct, serious misconduct, medical incapacity, restructurings and redundancies and negotiated exits.  She also specialises in collective bargaining, human rights commission matters and independent external investigations.  In 2019, Fiona undertook the certification from the Association of Workplace Investigators in Vail, Colorado, USA.

Fiona regularly represents parties in Mediations, Employment Relations Authority Investigation meetings and the Employment Court.  She acted as counsel in the leading case on penalties – Borsboom v PVT Limited and the leading case on union discrimination – Lamont and Others v Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited.

Fiona was nominated for Young Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Law Awards.  In 2022 and 2023, she was recognised as an Elite Woman in NZ Lawyer’s annual rankings.  Fiona has also been recognised in Doyle’s Guide, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading employment and health and safety practitioner in New Zealand.

Although Fiona is based in Auckland, she works with clients in all parts of the country. She regularly presents employment law seminars and speaks at conferences around New Zealand.

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