Employment

Wynn Williams is a leading firm in employment law. Our sizeable team is renowned for its ability to guide clients through the employment process in an ever-changing legislative and social landscape. We are trusted to manage highly sensitive matters for a range of public and private sector clients, and have a proven track record of resolving matters discretely and effectively. We are known for our strong advocacy skills, be that in mediation, arbitration or litigation, and for our ability to balance commercial priorities with the human ramifications of a given course of action. Mitigating risk is always a concern in employment matters and our team is well experienced in advising on strategies to ensure decision making is 'de-risked' and that organisational and professional reputations remain intact.

We regularly represent clients before the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court and beyond. Given the extent of our expertise, we are frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on employment matters.

How we can help

Our lawyers are experts in the intricacies of employment and health and safety law and provide advice on the full extent of employment issues, including:

  • Organisational change: strategy and implementation
  • Policy development and employment processes
  • Executive exits
  • Industrial disputes
  • Misconduct in the workplace
  • Personal grievances
  • Restraints of trade
  • Advise on the human side of mergers and acquisitions
  • Drafting and negotiating employment agreements
  • Investigations into serious misconduct and complaints
  • Bullying and harassment

- Navigating clients through the ever-changing employment impacts of Covid-19, including drafting policies, vaccination mandates, consultation and employee processes.

- Advised on a workplace-wide investigation for a national organisation involving allegations of bullying, and inadequate processes.

- Defended a personal grievance involving cross-allegations of bullying and harassment.

- Advising on historic holiday pay inaccuracies and remedial steps to reach compliance.

- Negotiating Senior Executive exits.

- Acting for large New Zealand contracting companies including in relation to drug and alcohol policies.

- Extensive employment law and health and safety advice to New Zealand’s largest regional council, Environment Canterbury, as well as Environment Southland and Chatham Islands Council.

- Assisting financial services institutions with a wide range of employee and director issues, including investigations, responding to personal grievances, representing institutions in hearings, and advising on regulatory issues, including successfully defending a financial services organisation in multiple employee personal grievance claims and navigating regulatory implications of those claims.

Key Contacts

Amanda Douglas
Partner
Anthony Drake
Partner