Mark Donovan

Mark Donovan

Mark commenced practice as a barrister in 2009 after working as a senior solicitor in a large national law firm.

Committed to providing excellent service and practical results, Mark is available to give clear advice and to assist in the prevention and resolution of employment-related, and other civil, disputes.

Mark has presented seminars to clients and interest groups on employment-related legal issues and has written articles for the Employment Law Bulletin and the National Business Review.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Auckland with bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (Honours).

Komal Kumar

Komal Kumar

Komal joined Mark Donovan as a staff barrister in 2019, after previously managing the advisory team for an employer association specialising in employment law. Prior to that, she worked in litigation in London and in the litigation and dispute resolution team of an Auckland law firm.

Komal graduated with a LLM and BA in History from the University of Auckland. She was admitted to the Bar in 2011.

Komal advises employers and employees on a range of employment matters, including disciplinary processes, restructuring and redundancy, performance management, policies, employment agreements and personal grievances. She regularly assists clients at mediation and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority.

Employment Law

Mark regularly represents parties at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. But even before disputes arise, he can advise on all matters relating to employment law and independent contracts, including:

  • disciplinary processes, including termination for misconduct
  • employee performance management
  • restructuring and restructuring
  • holidays and leave
  • health and safety, including defending parties being prosecuted by WorkSafe
  • documenting terms and conditions of employment
  • drafting and interpreting employee benefits, including bonuses and KiwiSaver
  • preparing and amending HR policies
  • restraints of trade
  • relationships between unions and employers, including collective bargaining
  • due diligence on employment issues in proposed business acquisitions
  • independent contractor agreements

Civil Litigation

Any other disputes between parties that are not criminal proceedings, fall within the scope of civil litigation. Mark provides strategic advice, and has appeared in the District Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, in relation such diverse matters as:

  • termination and performance of contracts
  • debt collection strategies
  • applications to liquidate a company
  • applications to bankrupt a person
  • commercial restraints of trade
  • confidential information
  • enforcement of judgments
  • disputes about construction of buildings
  • regulatory investigations


  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Auckland District Law Society Inc (ADLSi)
  • ADLSi Employment Law Committee
  • ADLSi¬†Law and Technology Committee