Mike Gould


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Phone: +64 4 916 6302
Mobile: +64 21 874 630

Email: mike.gould@gibsonsheat.com
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Mike's secretary is
Claire Brown
Phone: +64 4 916 6419
Email: claire.brown@gibsonsheat.com

About Mike Gould

Career to date
Mike graduated LLB from Victoria University, Wellington in 1980. After some years of travel and working in the Public Trust Office he joined Gibson Sheat in 1985, becoming a partner in 1987. He has extensive experience in employment law, general commercial law and trusts.

Mike is head of Gibson Sheat's Employment Law team and has specialised in that area of law since 1990.  He appears regularly in mediations, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court

A career highlight for Mike was in 2006 when he was counsel in the high profile landmark "Lord of the Rings" employment case in the Supreme Court.  It was the first case before that court addressing the issue of whether a worker was a contractor or an employee. Mike successfully argued that the appellant was an employee of 3'6" Limited, not an independent contractor.

Professional Associations and Community Organisations
  • Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Board member
  • Employment Law sub-committee of the Wellington District Law Society
  • Cricket Wellington Code of Conduct Commissioner
  • Citizen's Advice Bureau Volunteer

My approach to working with my clients
My approach is, I hope, friendly and jargon free. I attempt to find practical, quick solutions to my clients' issues.

A lot of my work is advising employers about how best to deal with employees in a range of situations, from disciplinary matters through to the correct process for restructuring and redundancies. Clients get real value when they talk to me beforehand about how to do things, or get me involved early when a problem arises. I always look for ways to settle disputes quickly and cost-effectively.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given
"Do the hard things first".

What motivates me
I enjoy problem-solving, talking to people, analysing the law and applying it to peoples' disputes. Interaction with my colleagues, both within the firm and outside it, is also important to me.

What I enjoy outside of work
Time with my wife and children, playing golf, movies and reading.