LLB (Hons), BCom, Associate
Sophie Meares
Sophie is part of our national Dispute Resolution Team where she works with Richard Hern, Emily Walton and Amanda Douglas.

She specialises in commercial disputes with particular experience in insurance, financial markets, fair trading, construction and local government litigation. She deals with employment matters from the beginning to end of employment relationships – including reviewing employment agreements, disciplinary matters, and filing and responding to personal grievances. She has experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

Sophie also has a strong track record in providing strategic advice on all aspects of competition law including in relation to mergers, joint ventures and anti‑competitive behaviour. 

"I enjoy the satisfaction of analysing the client’s legal position to find a workable and commercial solution."
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.


Recent Projects

  • The following work was undertaken whilst at Wynn Williams and a previous firm:
  • Advice on competition law issues including to a major public entity regarding a joint venture proposal, and to a logistics conglomerate regarding a merger proposal.
  • Acting on the investigation into the sale of interest rate swaps
  • Defence of a finance company director
  • Successful defence of a multi-million dollar Wellington High Court contractual claim
  • Advice on coverage under D&O policies
  • Successful settlement of a multi-million dollar leaky building claim
  • Body Corporate disputes – recovery of unpaid levies and maintenance disputes
  • Acting on the Christchurch District Plan Review

Recent Articles


Employment law calendar 2019

A summary of the key changes in employment law for 2019 and the important dates to note.

Keep reading...

Reported Decisions

  • Pangani Properties Ltd v Lloyd [2018] NZHC 1982
  • Prophecy Networks Ltd v Revera Ltd [2015] NZHC 215

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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 25, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609

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