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Deborah Hendry

Direct Dial: +64 3 966 7706   
Mobile: +64 022 153 0220
Office: CBD

I am a Lawyer in the Litigation Team at Saunders & Co, specialising in Employment Law.


After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (English and French) at the University of Canterbury, I launched my legal career in 2017 and joined Saunders & Co in February 2020.


I have developed a deep passion for Employment Law; be it assisting employees with personal grievances or assisting employers with restructures or disciplinary investigations.


I have represented both employees and employers at disciplinary meetings, mediations and at the Employment Relations Authority. I enjoy problem-solving and developing creative legal arguments to assist clients in achieving their goals.


Though I specialise in Employment Law, I also have experience with Wills, Trusts, Estates, Relationship Property, and Conveyancing, which enables me to assist clients with other areas of their lives in addition to their employment issues.


I am a member of the NZLS Canterbury-Westland Branch Employment Law Committee and the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association.


Outside of work you’ll find me at the gym, caring for my various exotic pets and singing my heart out in choirs, bands or at church.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

I found Deborah Hendry to be very responsive providing excellent advice about my situation. Deborah has very good interpersonal skills making communication a breeze. If you had an employee-of-the-month award Deborah would be my pick! Look after her - Deborah is a great advocate for Saunders.

John De Bono

8 September 2021

Delta Alert Level 2 and your Business

As of Wednesday, 8 September, we are at Delta Alert Level 2.  This means that even more businesses will be allowed to resume operations.

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7 September 2021

"No Jab, No Job "– Customs Employee Justifiably Dismissed after Refusing Vaccine  

A lot of our clients have been asking us about COVID-19 vaccines, in particular whether they can require their employees to have vaccines.

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23 August 2021

COVID-19 Income Support Mechanisms: Wage Subsidy Applications Now Open

Applications for the Wage Subsidy opened at 9 am on Friday 20 August 2021.   To be eligible, businesses must expect a loss of at least 40% of revenue as a result of the move to Level 4.

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18 August 2021

COVID-19 Income Support Mechanisms: Wage Subsidy Scheme Available Again

At 11. 59pm on Tuesday 17 August 2021, all of New Zealand was placed into Alert Level 4 Lockdown following the discovery of a community case of the delta variant of COVID-19.

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20 July 2021

Managing Employees with Poor Performance

How do you deal with an under-performing employee?  Hint: do not start by inviting them to a disciplinary meeting.   From the outset, employers must be clear with employees about the requirements and expectations of a role.

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14 June 2021

Restraints of Trade – Protecting Proprietary Interests

Trade secrets, customers/clients, suppliers, confidential information and intellectual property are all vital interests that businesses must protect to ensure viability and profitability.

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9 June 2021

Employees Taking Excessive Sick Leave

Many employers have grappled with a small group of employees that take excessive amounts of sick leave over and above their statutory entitlement.

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11 May 2021

New Fair Pay Agreement System

On 7 May 2021 the Government announced a new policy on Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs). The Fair Pay Agreement System sets out the union/employer bargaining process and will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an industry/occupation.

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5 February 2021

Waitangi Day and Mondayisation

Those who work a Monday to Friday job will be looking forward to a long weekend. While Waitangi Day falls on a Saturday this year, the public holiday is taken on the following Monday.

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28 January 2021

Data Privacy Day – 28 January 2021

Data Privacy Day is “an international effort … to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust”. [1] It serves as an important reminder to both individuals and agencies who collect personal information.

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4 December 2020

Court Insurance Case – IAG

Recent Supreme Court Insurance Case – IAG New Zealand Limited v Moore [2020] NZSC 122   Mr Moore’s house suffered damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake in the amount of $2. 08 million.

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2 December 2020

New Privacy Act 2020

  The new Privacy Act 2020 (New Act) came into force on 1 December 2020.   There are some key changes in the New Act which help to bring New Zealand’s privacy law into the 21st century.

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17 November 2020

Costly CDHB Decision – Reminder to Employers

A recent Employment Relations Authority (Authority) case has been released which is a good reminder to employers of the perils of disciplinary investigations and dismissals.

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