David Burton

(04) 974 4138

David is a Principal at Mahony Horner Lawyers and leads the Employment Law team. David was formerly a Director of Cullen Law – The Employment Law Firm.

David has over 30 years employment law experience in New Zealand and overseas. His expertise is recognised by his peers. For six years he was appointed to the Employment Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. Prior to that he served on the Workplace Relations and Employment Law Sub-committee of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australia.

David has focused his practice on employer clients. He has acted for several household names such as Telstra, Toyota and Hewlett Packard in Australia and the Canterbury District Health Board and Fulton Hogan in New Zealand. Examples of his work include:

  • Coordinating the provision of employment advice for the restructuring of a subsidiary of a major telecommunication company with businesses in many countries in Asia.
  • Advising the Japanese parent company of a major car manufacturer on the outsourcing of part of its operations and on the establishment of a research and development centre.
  • Defending a discrimination and sexual harassment complaint brought by a professor against a university and 10 senior university staff.

David takes pride in being attentive and easy to work with. He looks forward to meeting you.

Senior Associates

Chris Scarrott

(04) 974 4175
022 361 0151

Born and raised in Hawke’s Bay, Chris graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 with an LLB and a BA and previously worked with Cullen Law – The Employment Law Firm.

Chris also has experience with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as a Client Service Advisor. In that role Chris gave advice to members of the public on employment matters.

Chris is focused on providing thorough advice and practical options for both employers and employees. He frequently advises on disciplinary issues, performance management and restraints of trade, amongst other issues.

Chris has extensive experience at mediation and has appeared before the Employment Relations Authority and Tenancy Tribunal. He has also presented numerous seminars on a wide range of employment and health and safety related topics.

Away from work Chris is an avid football fan and spends his cold winter Saturdays turning out for VUWAFC.


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