Mary-Jane Thomas

Crown Solicitor and Director

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Mary-Jane is a litigation director who leads the firm’s employment practice. She is also the Crown Solicitor for Invercargill and has been prosecuting serious matters for more than 25 years. She is known for her frank advice and is someone who enjoys the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life.

Mary-Jane is tenacious in her advocacy of her clients’ interests. This sees her regularly pursue matters before the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. But she also knows the value of early resolutions and is a skilled negotiator. Mary-Jane is often called upon to provide advice to both employers and employees in times of great stress. She has been involved in a number of significant cases, including acting for litigation groups in large scale matters.

Away from the office Mary-Jane is an avid harness racing enthusiast, something she inherited from her father Curly.

“Mary-Jane and her team came on board to help us when we had some employment issues. In this difficult time, she managed and resolved the situations well. She has a very pragmatic approach which helps with decision making when it comes to difficult issues.

We now use Mary-Jane and her team for all advice in regards to employment law and this helps prevent further issues arising. She has been a great help with updating our Employment Agreements to ensure the protection of the business and staff. Her advice makes employing staff much more navigable, and gives us the confidence to deal with issues as they arise.” Annie Jackson, Clutha Vets