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Michelle Urquhart

Michelle Urquhart

Senior Associate

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

Qualifications : JP, BCom, University of Canterbury, LLB (Hons), University of Waikato, AAMINZ.

Michelle is a Senior Associate based in our Rotorua office. In addition to her experience working in a large regional law firm, Michelle also worked for the Ministry of Justice where she was a Disputes Tribunal Referee.

Michelle has specific expertise in employment law and immigration issues and has a particular interest in cross-cultural disputes.  She acts on a wide range of employment and immigration matters including assisting with immigration applications, taking appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and acting for parties in employment disputes.  She also provides independent employment investigation services.

Michelle provides pragmatic advice and support to resolve a wide range of employment, commercial and civil disputes as both an advocate and a mediator.  Michelle is an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and an appointed member of the Mediation Panel. She has given regular presentations and training sessions on ethics and privilege in mediation to AMINZ members and as a guest lecturer at Waikato University.

Areas of expertise

  • Civil Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Employment Agreements and Policies
  • Employing Migrants
  • Obtaining Residence and Citizenship
  • Employer Accreditation
  • Family Based Visas
  • Global Impact Visas
  • Investor Based Applications
  • Character and Health Waiver Requests
  • Section 61 Applications
  • Immigration and Protection Tribunal Appeals
  • Requests for Ministerial Intervention
  • Consumer Guarantees Act
  • Immigration Advice

Other Credentials:

  • Vice President, Rotorua Business Chamber Board
  • Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
  • Board Member of the Scouts Aotearoa
  • Justice of the Peace

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