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Karina McLuskie

Karina McLuskie


To make an appointment, please contact Christine White christine.white@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : BA, LLB (Hons), University of Waikato.

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2046


Karina is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team. An Employment Law specialist, Karina works with clients to protect their commercial interests, providing pragmatic advice to manage and mitigate risk.

She advises clients on all aspects of employment law including employment agreements, industrial relations and collective bargaining, policy development, and organisational restructuring including redundancy and consultation.

"Karina McLuskie is amazing. She always ensures she understands the issue and then provides top-notch advice."

- Client feedback, The Legal 500, Asia Pacific Region, Labour and Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023

Areas of expertise

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employment Disputes
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Relations
  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Relations
  • Personal Grievances
  • Privacy Act
  • Organisational Restructuring
  • Serious Misconduct
  • Redundancies and Dismissals
  • Corporate Insolvency (Employment Context)

Other Credentials

  • Recommended Lawyer, Labour and Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023


  • Open Country Dairy v Boyd Nelson - Employment Relations Authority, termination of employment by way of medical incapacity as well as claims of discrimination.
  • Karina has been Lead counsel in numerous employment cases and issues and has also been involved in the resolution of major issues for local authorities and large corporates.

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