Fiona McMillan


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



Fiona is a Partner of the employment law team and commenced her career with Lane Neave in 2007. Fiona specialises in assisting employers with all employment law related advice including collective bargaining, independent external investigations and human rights commission matters.

Fiona has built strong relationships with a number of different industries, including corporate, tourism, the bus and coach industry and manufacturing. Fiona has a hands on style of practice which involves working in a business as opposed to working alongside it.

Fiona regularly presents seminars to clients, industry bodies and at conferences.

Experience / Work highlights

Assisting employers with all employment law related advice including employment relations, health and safety, human rights, privacy and ACC.

Advising employees and employers on all aspects of termination including performance management, misconduct, serious misconduct, medical incapacity, restructurings and redundancies and negotiated exits.

Advising employers on relationships with Unions including Collective Bargaining and industrial action.

Regularly representing employers in Mediations, Employment Relations Authority Investigation Meetings and the Employment Court

Acting as Counsel on 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 2020, Fiona was named in the Doyle’s Guide New Zealand as a recommended Health and Safety Lawyer. Fiona has also been recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading employment and health and safety practitioner in New Zealand.