employment law specialist in Auckland hamilton tauranga waikato region edwards law team member madeleine lister 10
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"I like how employment law juxtaposes commercially pragmatic advice for businesses with advice tailored to resolving intensely personal issues for employees "

Madeleine Lister

Madeleine Lister


Senior Associate

Madeleine Lister has a degree in law from the University of Otago. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in November 2017, Madeleine joined Edwards Law in July 2017.

Madeleine has a broad range of experience in employment law, including all types of personal grievance claims and restructuring situations, with a particular interest in bullying and harassment investigations and parental leave matters.

Madeleine also has experience in drafting legal documents (including agreements, correspondence, and pleadings). She frequently represents both employee and employer clients in mediations, and in the Employment Relations Authority. Madeleine has also attended judicial settlement conferences and has appeared in the Employment Court.

Madeleine is an outgoing and driven person who enjoys applying her problem-solving skills to assist others. In her free time, she loves cooking (especially anything by Nadia Lim), true crime documentaries, and all things beauty-related.

Recent Successful Cases Include:

Successfully bringing an unjustified dismissal claim for an employee on parental leave, resulting in a compensation award of $30,000.
Ali v Millennium Corporation Limited [2019] NZERA 371

Successful defense of an unjustified dismissal claim for a meatworker accused of racial harassment.
Tupuanga v Auckland Meat Processors Limited [2019] NZERA 471

The leading Employment Court decision on forensic computer searches ordered by the Employment Relations Authority.
Johnstone v Kinetic Employment Limited [2019] NZEmpC 91