Candice Murphy Managing Partner

Candice specialises in employment law, health and safety and relationship property law and heads up Simpson Western’s employment and relationship property teams.  Candice is also the Managing Partner of Simpson Western.

With over 16 years' experience in all aspects of employment law and relationship property law, there are very few employment or relationship issues Candice has not encountered or provided advice on.    

Candice is a former member of the Law Association Employment Law Committee and has led a number of employment law and health and safety seminars for some of our larger clients, whether in house, in board meetings or during client conferences. She has been a guest presenter for the Employers and Manufacturers Association and at the HRD Employment Law Masterclass 2019.

She has also written a number of articles on both employment and relationship property topics for North Shore’s Channel magazine, our business e-newsletter Commercial e-Speaking, the Auckland District Law Society’s Law News and the Sunday Star Times’ regular ‘Your Law’ column. Candice is also the author of our Employment Law Bulletin.

Outside of work, Candice is a Mum to 3 boys and 1 furry one.  She loves getting outdoors and recently completed a 5 day trek of the Great Wall of China on a fundraising expedition.  Candice is giving back to her local community by being a Board of Trustee member of Takapuna Primary School.


Candice's areas of expertise

  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Personal grievances and managed exits
  • Employment agreements/independent contractor agreements
  • Disciplinary, poor performance and dismissal processes
  • Restraint of trade advice,  injunctions and enforcement
  • Organisational change including restructuring, redundancies and due diligence on business purchases
  • Collective bargaining
  • Relationship property contracting out agreements
  • Relationship property settlement agreements
  • Spousal maintenance 
  • Relationship property disputes, mediation and litigation


LLB (Hons) University of Auckland 2003 

BA (History and Ancient History) University of Auckland 1998 

University of Auckland Senior Law Prize 2002


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 

New Zealand Law Society

NZ Law