Sophie Carter

BA, LLB, Associate

Sophie joined Wynn Williams in 2015 and is an associate in our national Dispute Resolution Team supporting Amanda Douglas.
Sophie specialises in all areas of employment law, including reviewing and drafting employment agreements, advising and assisting with disciplinary processes, filing and responding to personal grievances, regularly attending mediation and negotiating settlements, and advising and assisting on restructure processes.  She also regularly advises clients on health and safety matters and their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Sophie also has experience in general civil litigation matters, and in particular, insurance and construction disputes.  She has experience in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and adjudication.

"I enjoy working as part of a great team to come up with practical and effective solutions for our clients."

Recent Projects

  • Advising employers on disciplinary processes, performance management, and other employment processes.

  • Negotiating various personal grievance claims for employers and employees.

  • Employment restructuring of businesses.

  • Advising on and managing consultation processes on the sale of businesses.

  • Advising HR professionals in large organisations on best practice.

  • Drafting and amending employment agreements to ensure compliance with the law.

  • Advising clients on changes to employment laws and updating their employment agreements and policies following those changes.

  • Regularly attending mediations for both employers and employees.

  • Advising on health and safety matters.

  • Advising employers on conducting bullying and harassment investigations and guiding them through that process.

  • Advocating for employee clients on a wide range of issues.

  • Providing advice on various drug and alcohol issues relating to impairment at work and testing.

  • Employment advice on transfer of employees on significant business sales and purchases.

  • Acting on claims for damage arising from the Canterbury earthquakes for insurers and private clients.

  • Debt recovery, including issuing statutory demands and liquidation proceedings.

  • Acting on several adjudication disputes.

Recent Articles


What employers need to know about synthetic drugs

In recent times, New Zealand has seen an influx of synthetic drugs come on to the market. While an employer may be diligent in carrying out on-site drug testing, a frightening reality is that a traditional on-site drug test may not pick up synthetic drugs.

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Employment Relations Bill introduced – changes to trial periods and more

With a new government comes new legislative changes. Following announcements by the Labour Government that changes would be made to employment laws , the Employment Relations Amendment Bill has now been introduced into Parliament.

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90 day trial periods – soon to change for some

The Labour-led Government has announced that the use of 90 day trial periods will be prohibited for any business that employs more than 19 employees. The Bill proposing the changes is expected to be introduced to Parliament on Monday 29 January 2018

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The Employment Standards Legislation Bill

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill will see some sweeping changes made to our employment laws, due to come into effect from 1 April 2016. The Bill makes several amendments to key pieces of employment legislation with the aim of "(promoting) fairer and more productive workplaces by providing enhanced protections and benefits for both employers and employees".

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