Anna Needham

LLB (Hons), BSc, Associate

Anna is an associate in the national Dispute Resolution Team, where she works with Andrew Watkins.  Prior to joining the firm in 2019, she worked for another large New Zealand law firm.
Anna’s practice area is across a broad range of civil litigation matters, including commercial, company and construction disputes, and relationship property.
Anna has a BSc and LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.
"I enjoy working as part of a dynamic team to find practical and strategic solutions to help clients reach their desired outcomes."

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Anna's legal work whilst at Wynn Williams and another firm:

  • Secondment at Canterbury District Health Board.

  • Advising local authorities on health and safety related matters, including in respect of fire risk in recreation reserves.

  • Advising local authorities in building and construction matters.

  • Involved in the early stages of the Port Hills Fire litigation acting for one the defendants.

  • Advising electricity providers on liability for property damage claims and consumer complaints, including in Utilities Disputes and the District Court.

  • Successful settlement of a privacy dispute against the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

  • Successful settlement of multiple sleepover claims by boarding hostel staff against schools.

  • Advising organisations on liability and process in respect of WorkSafe New Zealand investigations and prosecutions.

Recent Articles


COVID-19 Bubble trouble

New Zealanders are having to quickly adjust to a new normal as we face the COVID-19 crisis and the introduction of “alert levels” which greatly restrict the way we live. “Bubble” is a term coined by our Prime Minister to describe the group of people who make up a household. For the four weeks (at least), we are all under strict orders to stay in our bubble and stay home. This drastic change to our way of living is guaranteed to bring about new challenges.

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Valuations and COVID-19: The effect of a global pandemic on relationship property divisions

Separation and the division of relationship property is a stressful and uncertain process under normal circumstances. This will only be exacerbated during a global pandemic.

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