Top employment lawyer appointed for NZF review

New Zealand Football has appointed leading employment lawyer Phillipa Muir to lead the independent review into the conduct and culture of New Zealand Football, announced in June in response to complaints from members of the Football Ferns and other stakeholders.

The terms of reference for the review, which were also released to players and the football community today, have been agreed by New Zealand Football’s Executive Committee (EXCO) and the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association (NZPFA).

In announcing the appointment, NZ Football President Deryck Shaw says the organisation is pleased to have secured the expertise of someone of Ms Muir’s calibre.

“Pip Muir is one of New Zealand’s leading employment lawyers and is experienced in leading investigations into workplace behaviour,” he says.

Mr Shaw says the brief to Ms Muir is broader than that originally proposed in June, and both EXCO and the NZPFA agree that broadening the scope is necessary to improve the future of football in New Zealand.

“The terms of reference task Ms Muir with investigating any complaints and advising whether there have been any breaches to the NZ Football Code of Conduct or inappropriate behaviour by New Zealand Football people. She will also make any recommendations she believes are appropriate,” Mr Shaw says.

NZPFA Chief Executive Harry Ngata endorsed Ms Muir’s appointment along with the terms of reference and expressed their confidence in the independent review process.

“We have been consulted about the terms for this investigation and have agreed the Terms of Reference and Pip Muir’s appointment as Reviewer. The players support the review as a necessary step to responding to their concerns and are looking forward to helping shape the future of football, particularly women’s football in New Zealand,” Mr Ngata says.

Ms Muir is a Senior Partner at national law firm Simpson Grierson where she heads the firm’s employment law group and acts for many of New Zealand's major corporations, tertiary institutions, and local government bodies. She has undertaken numerous workplace reviews over the years.

The review will be confidential and only Ms Muir’s outcomes and recommendations will be made public. Anyone who would like to contribute is able to make direct contact with Ms Muir via a dedicated email address

The review will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of August when Ms Muir will present her report and recommendations to New Zealand Football.

For further information and a copy of the Terms of Reference please click here

To view the NZ Football Code of Conduct please click here

Article added: Friday 06 July 2018

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