AJ Lodge

Partner, Ōtautahi | Christchurch

LL.B, B.Sc, University of Otago


m: +64 27 233 4650

e: ashley-jayne.lodge@al.nz

Ashley-Jayne (AJ) joined Anderson Lloyd in 2021 with over 10 years’ experience as a lawyer, and most recently a partner in another Christchurch firm. AJ has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (majoring in psychology) from the University of Otago.

Alongside John Farrow, AJ leads our national employment team, providing practical, pragmatic solutions to often complex workplace issues.

AJ represents clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, High Court, and the human rights and privacy institutions. She provides advice to boards on governance matters, organisational change management, and complex settlements. AJ also acts for employer insurers.

AJ is an experienced investigator, having conducted workplace investigations, reviews, and other independent investigations in both the public and private sector. AJ is a certified Association of Workplace Investigators member and Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) and conducts independent investigations for both employers and other organisations. AJ has particular expertise investigating allegations of sexual harassment, sexual harm and violence, and inappropriate relationships, both in the workplace and other organisations, and allegations of bullying and harassment. She has experience with vulnerable witnesses, including minors. In addition to carrying out investigations as an independent investigator, AJ regularly advises employers in the public and private sector who are carrying out internal investigations. This includes advising on their employment law and natural justice obligations, as well as management of organisation culture and support throughout such investigations. AJ has assisted a number of internal HR professionals in preparing, reviewing, and implementing internal governance and procedural policies regarding whistleblowing and investigations.

AJ is the convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee, and a member of one of the New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee.

AJ, John, and their team can assist employers, employees, and HR professionals with all workplace law matters, including day to day management of employees, restructures and redundancies, employee claims, advising on and providing representation in human rights matters, privacy, workplace health and safety, and employment agreements and policies.

Although Christchurch based, AJ travels to Auckland and Queenstown regularly and represents clients from New Zealand and across the globe.