New PRLaw Director

We are delighted to announce that Anna Elder has been appointed a Director of the firm. Anna leads our Private Client team and also works closely with the Primary Industries team. She has overall responsibility for the firm’s Estate administration practice with a strong interest in elder law, including trusts, asset planning, ownership structures and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

PRLaw Director Mike Mika appointed District Court Judge

We are so proud that Preston Russell Law has produced another judge with the appointment of Mike Mika to the District Court. This is a tremendous honour for both Mike and the firm, as well as a significant appointment for the Invercargill Criminal Bar and the Pasifika community. We will miss Mike’s humour, kindness and humbleness but we know that he will be a fantastic addition to the the District Court bench. Mike will be sworn in on 8 March 2021.

Pay Equity for Work of Equal Value

A new law has come into force that allows employees to raise a pay equity claim. Most people don’t want to take their employer to Court if they don’t have to. The amendment to the Equal Pay Act 1972 provides a new process to raise claims and negotiate in good faith with the employer, as well as access to mediation and resolution services.

COVID-19 has highlighted the many workers who do important work but who are not well or fairly paid for it. So far settlement claims have seen pay increases of up to 30 percent for claimants.