LLB, Partner
Anthony Drake
Anthony is a partner in our national Dispute Resolution Team.  He has specialised in employment law for 20 years and deals with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues including advisory work, dismissals, discrimination, and employment implications for commercial transactions, redundancy, restraint of trade, confidential information, and industrial disputes. 
 
Anthony has managed many complex cases and has significant experience with mediations and alternative dispute resolution as well as judicial settlement conferences.  As a founding member of the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office he has expert skills in major investigations and inquiries.  He has acted for a wide range of major domestic corporates, New Zealand Government and various local government agencies, and state-owned enterprises, as well as acting for individual and private clients. 
 
As a previous member of the St John’s (Anglican Church) Board of Oversight, Anthony has considerable experience in dealing with three Tikanga: Maori, Pacifica and Pakeha, and has a valuable awareness of the complexities of multicultural environments.  Anthony also happens to be a descendant of the infamous privateer Sir Francis Drake and the son of a Polish war refugee to New Zealand.
 
Anthony is a regular presenter and commentator on employment law topics and has considerable experience in writing legal opinions, research papers and summarising of facts.  He is also an author of Butterworth’s Forms and Precedents employment law section.


"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes (Oscar Wilde).  I like to take a common sense approach to workplace disputes and issues and seek ways to resolve conflicts to avoid litigation, if feasible.  I strive to get the best results possible for clients. "
Contact
Wynn Williams (Auckland)
Level 11, AIG Building,
41 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • The following work was undertaken whilst at Wynn Williams and a previous firm:
  • Acting for a major local authority in relation to the investigation and prosecution of a number of employees regarding corruption and bribery.
  • Acting for a number of clients in relation to theft of confidential information, intellectual property and the interference with computer systems. This includes obtaining search and seizure orders.
  • Acting for private clients in defending claims of breach of restrictive covenants in restraint of trade.
  • Acting for private clients and corporate entities in relation to business transfer provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000.
  • Providing employment, restructuring and health and safety advice, and representing local authorities for over 15 years.
  • Representing employers in collective bargaining and application of the collective bargaining provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000.
  • Advising and representing many multi-national companies in relation to ongoing employment issues regarding the interpretation of employment laws and processes, and providing strategic advice on commercial aspects of their businesses.

Recent Articles

27/07/2018

New domestic violence law – how will this affect employment relationships?

The Domestic Violence – Victim Protections Bill was passed into law this week and amends the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Holidays Act 2003 and the Human Rights Act 1993. The changes come into effect on 1 April 2019 and enable victims of domestic violence to request a short-term variation to their employment arrangements for the purposes of dealing with the effects of being subject to domestic violence.

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20/06/2018

Surrogacy – who gets what?

Should surrogates and parents through surrogacy receive the same legal rights to leave and pay when their child is born? In New Zealand, surrogacy is an altruistic arrangement on the part of the surrogate mother and it’s illegal to pay her more than her reasonable expenses. So who gets entitlements under New Zealand’s statutory Parental Leave legislation?

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7/06/2018

The power of 'big data' and privacy reforms

George Orwell wrote literary criticism and one of his best known books is the dystopian novel ‘1984’. The novel was written in 1947 and identified such terms as “Big Brother”, ‘doublethink’ and ‘newspeak’ which have become part of everyday language. Who would have thought 70 years later we would still be grappling with the same fairy-tale relationship between morality and privacy.

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26/04/2018

What's going on around your water cooler? Finding love at work

The Me Too movement and the use of its hashtag on social media has changed the way many employers should view the workplace environment. Workplace culture is now under the microscope like never before! One of the biggest dilemmas employers face is often the mismatches of perceptions at work where one person thinks they are flirting, while the other person feels like they are being harassed or objectivised. The situation becomes even more complex with office romances.  

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21/03/2018

Is it OK to collect biometric data from workers?

The collection of biometric data includes not only fingerprint, but voiceprint, or the scan of a person’s retina, iris, face or hand, and is becoming increasingly commonplace. It is easy to see how some employers could view the introduction of electronic scanning as helpful to eliminate common forms of timekeeping fraud and to produce a more streamlined operation.

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28/02/2018

Can I turn my phone off?

Technology is changing the way we work and think. There is an expectation in the modern connected world that employees will always be available to respond to the employer’s or customer’s demands. A lack of availability or responsiveness is often perceived as detrimental to competitive advantage.

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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 11, AIG Building, 41 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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