Lawyer Rob Moodie has lost his bid to legally challenge an Employment Court decision that he unjustifiably dismissed a colleague and had to pay her $30,000 compensation.
Elizabeth Strachan worked with Mr Moodie from late 2004 until December 2006, but left his employment when their working relationship broke down.
The court also found Mr Moodie had, without merit, complained to the Law Society about Ms Strachan.
It ordered him to pay a penalty of $2500 for refusing to provide or enter into a written employment agreement with her.
In September this year, Mr Moodie asked the Court of Appeal for a judicial review of the Employment Court's findings.
However, in a decision delivered on Wednesday the Court of Appeal ruled that his claim was so clearly bad it should not be allowed to proceed.