Kirsty Tyson

Associate, Employment Law

Kirsty TysonLL.B, B.SocSc (Hons)
Phone: +64 07 282 0437

Kirsty is an experienced employment lawyer and criminal litigator.

Kirsty began practising employment law in 2011 and joined the team at DTI Lawyers in 2017.

Kirsty provides astute advice on a range of legal matters. Kirsty’s focus on understanding her clients’ particular needs allows her to deliver a pragmatic approach to effectively achieve optimum outcomes that are of value to her clients.

Having been closely involved in operating a business herself, Kirsty has practical experience and appreciates the impact of employees in organisational success, whatever that measure of success is for an organisation.

University studies in Psychology have developed an interest in motivation and behaviour which Kirsty utilises in resolving disputes effectively. Kirsty is able to use her litigation skills and experience to assist clients to resolve matters in the Employment Relations Authority, Court, and other judicial forums when required.

Kirsty is also a skilled presenter, providing education and training to employers, industry groups, professional advisors, Human Resource practitioners, as well as to the community.

Kirsty’s expertise includes:

Employment Law:
  • Advising both employers and employees on all aspects of employment including: employment agreements; policies and procedures; restructuring and redundancy; restraint of trade; performance management; disciplinary action; dismissals; bullying and harassment; investigations; personal grievance claims; wage and minimum entitlement issues; health and safety; pay equity; collective bargaining; privacy issues associated with employment relationships; employment considerations with purchasing and selling businesses.
  • Advocacy and dispute resolution. Kirsty utilises alternative dispute resolution methods including negotiation and mediation to resolve contentious matters. If matters are cannot resolved by negotiation and mediation, Kirsty can assist with representation for Employment Relations Authority Investigations or Employment Court matters.
Criminal and other Litigation:
  • Representation in the District Court including Judge alone trials, pleas in mitigation, sentencing applications, rehearings and limited licences.
  • Kirsty also has experience advising and representing in:
  • ACC matters including reviews hearings.
  • Immigration matters including the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.
  • Ministry of Social Development reviews and Social Security Appeal Authority matters.
  • Privacy matters.
  • Human Rights matters.
  • Consumer matters including Fair Trading and Credit contracts and consumer finance.
  • Advice and representation in Coroner’s Inquiries and Coroner's Inquests both on the papers and in Coroner's Court.
  • Advice and representation before the Human Rights Commission.
  • Advice and representation before the Health and Disability Commissioner.
  • Advice and representation to School Boards and teachers in education related legal matters.

Voluntary and Community Involvement:
    Kirsty's voluntary involvement and experience includes:
  • Voluntary legal advice with Community Law Waikato.
  • Voluntary Driving Instruction with Waikato Settlement Centre.
  • Volunteer Telephone Counsellor.