Associate - Whangarei, Kerikeri
Simon is a commercial lawyer and a specialist in all aspects of employment and construction law. With a background in farming and forestry, he prefers a plain-English and practical approach to solving his client's legal issues.
Simon spent a decade practicising in an international and a local firm in Auckland. He has been based in Whangarei since 2017.
Simon helps clients with:
- construction contract and project advice – from residential buildings to international projects
- construction disputes – including defects, variations, payment defaults and delays
- commercial employment advice – documentation, policies, procedures and restructuring
- employment investigations
- employment disputes, personal grievances, litigation and mediation
- Health & Safety advice, documentation, post-incident and prosecution
- general commercial issues e.g. Privacy Act protection, Fair Trading Act advice, and
- Advertising Standards advice.
Simon grew up in Mangakahia. He and his young family decided to move home to Northland before his extended family could begin to call him an “Aucklander”. Outside of work Simon plays hockey and enjoys all the fishing, diving and spearfishing Northland has to offer.
Qualifications: LLB, University of Auckland
- Advising on the construction contract for a major electricity infrastructure project
- Commercial negotiations resolving multi-million dollar variations disputes on an international construction project
- Acting in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings following the breakdown of a major dairy farming joint venture
- Acting in a senior management dispute over post-employment competition in the construction industry, and
- Advising on a top-down organisational restructuring.
P: 09 470 2474
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Simon Davies-Colley's Blog Posts
Swearing at your boss – Can employers fire a potty-mouthed employee?
May 17, 2019
Something we hear pretty regularly from clients is: “What can I do when a staff member swears at their manager/storms off site?” The legal answer is the same as with any employee misbehaviour – take a moment to cool off and consider how serious the behaviour actually was (and follow a fair process).
Health and Safety: large fines for simple mistakes
April 15, 2019
Health and Safety is often looked at as a compliance cost, a hindrance to business or “just the paperwork”. It’s harder to dismiss when a failure to take it seriously results in the death of a man with children and grandchildren, and over $700,000 in fines and payments from the business.
New law on Domestic Violence Leave: what employers need to know
April 01, 2019
The Government’s Domestic Violence – Victims' Protection Act comes into force, today, 1 April 2019. The Act gives new entitlements to victims of domestic violence and puts strict obligations on their employers to ensure those entitlements are met.
Constructing the right contract
March 18, 2019
Large construction projects are popping up everywhere, from renovation and residential houses through to large scale commercial developments. Usually, disputes in construction aren’t about defects, but rather grey areas the parties haven’t considered such as unforeseen costs or work. Getting the right building contract in place up-front can avoid a lot of pain.
Employment Law Update – When Employees’ Misconduct / Bad Behaviour Matters
August 28, 2018
When an employer fires an employee for misconduct but gets the process wrong, the first thing they tend to ask us is “doesn’t the employee’s bad behaviour matter at all?” The answer is a little complex – but it usually boils down to a matter of how much the bad behaviour contributed to the situation.
Cash for Hurt Feelings – Employment Court decision signals increases for hurt and humiliation payments
June 05, 2018
The old adage “sticks and stones” may apply to squabbling children, but it certainly doesn’t apply where an employer’s words or actions lead to an unjustifiable sacking. Many employers see employment (and its termination) as a purely business transaction, and are shocked to find out that employees can claim for injury to feelings.
Relocatable Houses - Making sure your dream home arrives safe and sound
January 25, 2018
With property prices around the country reaching record highs, many people are looking to relocatable houses as a faster or more cost-effective option than building from new. Done properly, homeowners or investors can get that chocolate-box villa or bungalow set up on the site of their choice for a fraction of the cost of a new-build. However there are a few things people should consider before getting a house on the road.
Employment under our new Government - what can we expect?
October 27, 2017
With New Zealand First’s decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens, it is difficult to predict which policies will be implemented in the employment space. In all the election hoopla focusing on tax, water and “the economy” you may have missed some of the key employment policies.
Does The Process Really Matter If An Employee Is Obviously 'Guilty'?
August 24, 2017
I regularly get employer clients asking “but what if I catch an employee red-handed – surely I can fire them on the spot?” The answer is no - not even then. Employers still have to follow a fair process.
Employment Standards - April 2017 Update
April 06, 2017
On 1 April 2016 amendments to the Employment Relations Act came into force. There were a raft of changes, but the most publicity was given to the prohibition of “zero hour” contracts. From that date, any new employment agreements had to comply with the new requirements.
Statutory Demand Notices - A Useful Tool with Benefits and Risks
February 14, 2017
Statutory demand notices are commonly used as a helpful tool to create leverage to collect undisputed debts. Despite the unassuming look of these documents, statutory demands can have significant legal and financial implications for both the issuing party and the company on the receiving end.