Maria Green

Special Counsel

LLB, BA - University of Canterbury


Maria Green is a Special Counsel at Lane Neave’s Christchurch office specialising in employment law. Maria is skilled in providing clients with advice on a wide range of employment matters, from disciplinary and performance issues to restructures.

Maria regularly represents employers at mediations and is also engaged by employers to conduct independent investigations. Maria is often praised by clients for her professionalism, responsiveness and solutions focused approach.

Maria is a knowledgeable and skilled solicitor, with 15+ years’ experience, including working for Clifford Chance in London. Maria enjoys building a strong rapport with clients and providing practical and sound advice.

Experience / Work highlights

  • Advising on all issues arising on termination of employment and matters relating to misconduct, performance, redundancy processes, medical incapacity and exit negotiations.
  • Specialist advice on all aspects of the personal grievance regime, including representation from mediation, through to the Employment Relations Authority.
  • Providing expert advice on employment issues resulting from the Covid-19 lockdown and wage subsidy, including assisting the Board and Executives of large hotel providers throughout New Zealand.
  • Acting as an independent external investigator into serious workplace allegations and complaints.
  • Presenting educational seminars and webinars to lawyers, business owners, HR Managers and clients regarding employment law issues.


  • Presenter at the Legalwise Biannual Education Law Conference in Auckland on 19 September 2019 – Workplace Investigations.
  • Presenter at a Legalwise Webinar on 14 November 2019 – Employment Agreements Intensive.
  • Presenter at a Legalwise Webinar on 20 May 2020 – Critical Post Bubble Employment Law Changes.
  • Presenter at a Legalwise Webinar on 23 September 2020 – Medical Incapacity, Bullying and Harassment.
  • Presenter at the HR Law Masterclass Conference on 23 September 2021 – Employment Law Matters.
  • Presenter at the HR Law Masterclass Conference Webinar on 10 March 2022 – The Future is Flexible: Future Workplace Models, Flexible Working and Returning to Work.
  • Presenter at the Legalwise Education Law Conference in Wellington on 24 February 2023 – Staff disciplinary matters: a guide to legal professional etiquette.
  • Presenter at the HR Law Masterclass Conference in Auckland on 28 March 2023 – Managing Ill and Injured Employees.

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