New Zealand Wide
Employment Advocate 

It's a Journey...We are here to guide you.

Affordable Advocacy across New Zealand

Affordable Advocacy across New Zealand

Our role as an employment advocate partner means we are responsible for constantly finding practical and pragmatic solutions that are adapted specifically for you. 

 our Services

1. Let's Review

Our understanding advocate will review your case details with you.

2. Settling your case

Settlements can happen at any stage of the process, and we can help find what's right for you.

3. Mediation, ERA & Employment Court

We can advise you at any stage of the way.

Here at My Advocate we understand the Employment Resolutions Process. From an Employee, Employer and Advocate perspective. 

We are trusting, honest and open with you about your case.  

Our founder Richard went through the process as an employee, after experiencing the up's and down's of this process he knew he could help others during this uncertain time.  

There are many outcomes that could happen during the ER process. 

And, settlements can happen at any stage.

But, don't worry, we will be there every step of the way to guide you. 

In mediation, the parties find a solution for their conflict, with the assistance of a mediator who has no decision-making power.

The Employment Relation Authority (ERA)  is independent. It helps to resolve employment relationship problems by looking into the facts and making a decision based on the merits of the case, not on technicalities.

You have the right to challenge a written decision of the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) in the Employment Court if you are unhappy with it.

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Check out latest ERA rulings here

Plus, other employment news.


 No Win - No Fee 

Our Services are available across New Zealand 


​No Win.

No Fee 

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Employment Agreements
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment


 Hourly Rates


  • Mediation
  • Advice
  • Redundancy
  • Processes


​Hourly Rates


  • Latest Outcomes
  • Advice on Agreements
  • Monthly Corporate Updates
  • Advocacy through processes

Why our clients recommend us

We are grateful to have helped guide a growing number of clients through employment disputes.

We Are Advocates not Lawyers

What is the difference between an employment advocate and an employment lawyer?

While both employment advocates and employment lawyers provide support and representation for employees facing employment-related challenges, there are some differences between the two. Employment advocates are typically non-lawyers who offer advice, support, and representation for employees and employers in mediation processes and employment court. They may have specific expertise in employment law, but they are not qualified to provide legal representation for clients in courts outside of the employment court. On the other hand, employment lawyers are qualified legal professionals who specialize in employment law. They provide legal advice, representation, and advocacy for employees and are qualified to represent clients in courts beyond the employment court.

It's worth noting that both employment advocates and employment lawyers can provide valuable support and representation to employees facing employment-related challenges. The choice between using an advocate or a lawyer may depend on individual circumstances, such as the complexity of the case, the specific services needed, and the available resources.

What services do employment advocates offer?

Employment advocates offer a range of services, including:

  • Providing advice on employment-related issues
  • Assisting with negotiations and mediation with employers
  • Representing employees in disputes, such as disciplinary or dismissal proceedings
  • Providing support and guidance for employees who are experiencing harassment, discrimination, or bullying in the workplace.
Who can use the services of an employment advocate?

Any employee who is experiencing challenges or issues in the workplace can use the services of an employment advocate. This includes employees who are facing disciplinary proceedings, have been unfairly dismissed, are experiencing harassment or discrimination, or who have other employment-related concerns.

Benefits of using an employment advocate
over an employment lawyer

New Zealand Employment advocates may be more affordable than lawyers, especially for low-income employees or those without legal insurance. Some advocates offer their services for free or at a reduced cost, while lawyers typically charge an hourly rate or a flat fee

 Access to services
Employment advocates may be more accessible in New Zealand than lawyers, as they are often based in community organisations or trade unions. This can be particularly helpful for employees who may not have easy access to legal services or who may feel intimidated by the legal system

Employment advocates may provide more holistic support to employees, beyond legal advice and representation. They may offer emotional support, referrals to other services, or assistance with navigating government agencies or other organisations.

Employment advocates may be able to offer more flexible services than lawyers, such as meeting with clients outside of regular business hours or offering support over the phone or online. This can be particularly helpful for employees who may have busy schedules or who may not be able to travel to meet in person.

 Specialised expertise
While employment lawyers in New Zealand have specialised legal training, employment advocates may have more specific expertise in employment issues such as workplace harassment, discrimination, or other employment-related challenges. Advocates may have a deeper understanding of the specific issues faced by employees and may be better equipped to provide tailored support and advice.

Located in Thames.
Serving New Zealand Wide. 

But, we provide nationwide advice and advocacy via phone, video, and travel when required. 

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