APPA Honorary Solicitors - HarrisonStone

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;
  • Parent complaints;
  • Independent investigations;
  • Student disciplinary processes;
  • Student suspension decisions;
  • Social media and media issues;
  • Board of Trustee and governance issues; and
  • Mediation and litigation representation and advocacy.

HarrisonStone’s philosophy is to provide practical and pragmatic legal advice in order to assist our client to resolve their 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, Teaching Council requirements, school compliance obligations, and case law developments that can impact on New Zealand schools.

HarrisonStone has been the Honorary Solicitors for APPA for more than 10 years, and has also acted as the legal advisors for Secondary Principals’ Association (SPANZ) for more than 20 years. In that time we have developed significant expertise and practical experience in the legal issues that schools face in New Zealand, and have represented Boards and Principals at all levels of the New Zealand Court system. Both Richard and Gretchen frequently present at national Education Law Conferences and have written numerous papers on aspects of employment and education law.

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