About Me

Qualifications  |  Recent Cases  |  Publications

My Practice

In addition to working in private practice, I have worked as research counsel for the Christchurch District Court and was employed by Community Law Canterbury as Supervising Solicitor of the Residential Advisory Service between 2014 and 2016 (a service set up to provide free legal advice and advocacy to Canterbury homeowners affected by the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2011).

I have acted for clients across a full range of legal issues arising from the Canterbury earthquake sequence and the Kaikoura earthquake. I have also acted for clients in employment matters, including personal grievance claims and health and safety issues. I have also represented clients in mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and in the District, Family and High Courts.

I strongly believe that one of the key issues facing the legal profession is access to justice. I am committed to adopting a human rights approach to my own legal practice and I am an approved provider of civil legal aid.  I am a signatory to the NZLS Gender Equality Charter.

I am a committee member and treasurer of the New Zealand Labour Law Society Incorporated.  I am also a lawyer member of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee.

Qualifications

I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours from the University of Canterbury in 2009 and a Master of Laws degree with first class honours from the University of Canterbury in 2012.

I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in 2010

Professional Memberships

I am an associate member of AMINZ, a committee member and treasurer of the New Zealand Labour Law Society, a lawyer member of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee and a member of the New Zealand Bar Association.

 

Recent & Notable Cases

Suveinakama v Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau [2017] NZHC 3171

I acted as counsel for two senior Tokelauan public servants. Following their dismissal, they applied for interim relief pending resolution of the substantive hearing.

Suveinakama v Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau [2018] NZHC 3339

The third defendant, the Administrator of Tokelau, applied for security of costs. I was instructed to defend the application.

Suveinakama v Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau [2018] NZHC 1670

I acted for the plaintiffs who applied for leave for the substantive case to be heard in Tokelau. The High Court declined leave due to a lack of sufficient infrastructure in Tokelau.

Suveinakama v Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau [2019] NZHC 1787

I acted for the plaintiffs in the substantive decision.

Suveinakama v Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau [2019] NZHC 2974

I acted for the plaintiffs who instructed me to defend the third defendant’s application for costs.

Baird v Wellington Free Ambulance [2019] NZERA 10 3046952

I acted for an employee who sought removal of his employment claim to the Employment Court under s 178 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

Cogle v IAG New Zealand Ltd [2019] NZHC 3049

I acted for the applicants who sought removal of their Canterbury earthquake claims to the Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal.

Kristinsson v Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2018] NZHC 2863

Southern Response applied to strike out parts of the plaintiffs’ amended claim. The plaintiffs instructed me to defend the strike out application.

Publications

J Goddard “Hunting for Happy Feet in Honolulu: The Elusive Struggle for Pay Equity – A Comparative View” (2012) 37 New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 118.

J Goddard “Earthquake Cases” [2013] NZLJ 229.

J Goddard et al International Guide to Money Laundering: Law and Practice (Chapter 31 (New Zealand)) (4th ed)(2013).

J Goddard “Equal Pay Act Claims: A New Conversation” [2013] Employment Law Bulletin 111.

J Goddard “Introduction to RAS” (2014) 20 Canterbury Tales 10.

J Goddard “Equal Pay Claims: The Conversation Continues” [2015] ELB 1.

J Goddard “RAS 3rd Anniversary” (2016) 22 Canterbury Tales 10.

J Goddard “Adopting a Health and Safety Framework for the Assessment and Remediation of Earthquake Prone Buildings (2018) 43(3) New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 18.

My Philosophy of Law

Access to Justice for all

I firmly believe that there is requirement for all businesses to adopt a human rights approach under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Adopting the UN Framework for Business and Human Rights

The UNGPs for Business and Human Rights require businesses (including legal businesses) to respect the human rights of others, to avoid infringing on the human rights of others and to address adverse human rights impacts. I believe that this approach to working with others could provide a pathway for the legal profession to address current concerns relating to discrimination and sexual harassment.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important constitutional document. It gives legitimacy to all who live and work here. The principles of partnership, active protection and providing redress have assisted in improving relations between the Crown and ngā iwi Māori. They are also relevant to finding solutions for civil disputes.

These are the influences that have lead me to develop a practice in dispute resolution and civil litigation which addresses the lack of access to justice, a community-based and collaborative model of law and the need for lawyers to make a positive contribution to their communities and to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms.

3 Little Known Facts about Me

1

Early career in childhood education

For ten years, I worked as an early childhood teacher, implementing the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki which requires educators to take a holistic approach to learning. This approach is reflected in the principles of wellbeing, belonging, communication, contribution and exploration. All of these principles are relevant to my legal practice.

2

Fluent speaker of te reo Maori

I became a fluent speaker of te reo Māori in 1990 and I have been a keen exponent of kapa haka, worked as a volunteer at kōhanga reo centres (Māori language nests) and participated in numerous hui.

3

Self confessed ‘cricket tragic’

I believed it was my destiny to play cricket for New Zealand because I share the same birthday as Sir Richard Hadlee. 

Instead, I became an accredited umpire for blind cricket and umpired at a national tournament in Christchurch in the 1990s.

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