John Goddard
John GoddardBarrister
  • Employment Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Health & Safety

  • Tort Law

  • Construction Law

  • Fair trading and consumer protection

  • Privacy

  • Arbitration and mediation

  • Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquake claims


John Goddard has specialised in employment and insurance law and has represented clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation.

In addition to working in private practice, John has 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).

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

John believes that one of the key issues facing the legal profession is access to justice. John is committed to adopting a human rights approach to his legal practice. He intends to become an accredited provider of civil legal aid. He is a signatory to the NZLS Gender Equality Charter.

John is a committee member and treasurer of the New Zealand Labour Law Society Incorporated. He is also a lawyer member of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee.


Recent & Notable Cases

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

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

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.

I acted for the plaintiffs in the substantive decision.

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

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.

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

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


  • J Goddard “Teacher Misconduct, The Right to Silence and the Duty of Good Faith: Implications for Boards of Trustees and Teachers” (2011) 17 Canterbury Law Review 251.

  • 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.

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