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. "
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.

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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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