Persia Templeton Barrister

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Persia Templeton


Persia began her legal journey with a LLB/BA from the University of Auckland in 2010, focusing on the nuanced areas of employment law, which naturally extends into privacy and human rights. Her career path has been marked by leadership roles such as Acting Head of Legal and General Counsel at the Employers and Manufacturers’ Association (Northern) Inc., and her formative period as a Barrister at Brian Henry’s Chambers, where she deepened her dedication to specialised legal representation.

Persia’s interest in employment law is at the heart of her practice, reflecting a commitment to addressing the complex interplay between workplace rights and individual freedoms. She is a skilled investigator, reflecting her capability to impartially address and resolve conflicts. Throughout her career, Persia has consistently demonstrated resilience, adaptability, and a sincere commitment to advocating for her clients’ rights and welfare within the challenging landscape of employment law.

Persia’s work, which spans complex litigation and strategic legal advisement, alongside a genuine focus on nurturing client relationships, illustrates her capability to tackle the sophisticated challenges inherent in employment law, privacy, and human rights. Known for her analytical skills and ethical judgment, Persia is recognised not just for her legal expertise but also for her role as a thoughtful and principled advocate in the legal community.

Qualifications & memberships

LLB, BA (History), University of Auckland, 2010
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2010
Member, New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture
Member, Otago Women’s Law Society
Member, Employment Law Institute of New Zealand
Associate, Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand

Persia has acted on and appeared in several notable cases in the employment, privacy, and human rights field, including:

  • Brennan v Afos Ltd [2016] NZERA Auckland 24
  • Tietie and ors v Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust (Auckland) [2014] NZERA Auckland 262
  • Chaimowitz v Goldman Henry Capital Management Ltd (Auckland) [2011] NZERA Auckland 443
  • Conservative Party Direct Mail Letter and Pamphlet Advertisement [2014] NZASA 516
  • Owen v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections (Auckland) [2014] NZERA Auckland 193 (on the papers)
  • Sensible Sentencing Group Trust v Human Rights Review Tribunal [2014] NZCA 264
  • Witehira v R [2013] NZCA 58
  • Muzz Buzz Franchising Pty Limited v JB Holdings (2010) Limited [2013] NZHC 1599
  • Muzz Buzz Franchising Pty Limited v JB Holdings (2010) Limited [2012] NZHC 2490
  • Gilles Bakery Limited v Gillespie [2013] NZHC 1608
  • Yarrow v Pettigrew [2013] NZHC 1901
  • Casares v Oktobor Group Limited [2012] NZHC 606
  • Casares v AAV New Zealand Limited t/as Oktober [2011] NZERA 27
  • Couch v Attorney-General [2012] NZHC 2285
  • Air National Corporate Limited v Aiveo Holdings Limited [2012] NZHC 602; Air National Corporate Limited v Aiveo Holdings Limited [2012] NZHC 2258
  • Peters v Television New Zealand Limited [2011] NZCA 231
  • Brand Developers Limited v Ezibuy Ltd [2011] NZHC 50
  • Armitage v Church HC Auckland [2011] NZHC 347
  • Clee v Attorney-General for the Legal Services Agency [2010] NZHC 1998
  • Mechanical Plastics Corp v Holdfast NZ Limited [2012] NZHC 592; Mechanical Plastics Corp v Holdfast NZ Limited HC Auckland CIV 2007-419-845 [2010] NZHC 171