HarrisonStone is a boutique law firm that specialises in employment and education law. Richard Harrison and Gretchen Stone offer pragmatic advice and support on all aspects of employment and education law, including:
Employee competency and disciplinary processes;
Surplus Staffing issues;
Personal grievance claims;
Health and safety compliance;
Student disciplinary processes;
Student suspension decisions;
Social media within the school environment;
Board of Trustee and governance issues; and
Mediation and litigation representation and advocacy.
HarrisonStone’s philosophy is to provide practical and pragmatic advice wherever possible, so that we can resolve our client’s legal issues in the most efficient manner possible. As employment and education specialists we are well placed to ensure that we are up to date with Education Act and Employment Relations Act changes, Education Council requirements, school compliance obligations, and case law developments that can impact on New Zealand schools.
HarrisonStone has acted as the legal advisors for SPANZ for almost 20 years, and in that time we have developed significant expertise and practical experience in the issues that schools face in New Zealand. Gretchen is also the Honorary Solicitor for Auckland Primary Principals’ Association. Richard has represented Principals and Boards in the leading judicial review and employment law cases within the education context. Both Richard and Gretchen frequently present at national Education Law Conferences and have written numerous papers on all aspects of employment and education law.