People lie at the heart of the Wynn Williams brand.

We work collaboratively across practice areas within the firm, providing a wrap-around approach to supporting our clients' interests. Our lawyers are nationally and internationally recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories, NZ Lawyer and perhaps most importantly by their peers, as some of the best in New Zealand.

Alice Balme Alice Balme
Alice Balme
Partner
Local Government and Environment & Planning

Alice is one of New Zealand’s best local government lawyers. Sought out for her knowledge of both environmental management and local government processes, Alice is regularly engaged to advise on contentious resource consent and district plan matters, and to assist with consenting infrastructure projects.

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Alice Balme
Partner
Local Government and Environment & Planning
Amanda Douglas Amanda Douglas
Amanda Douglas
Partner
Employment

Amanda is an employment, health and safety and privacy lawyer. She advises on the full spectrum of employment matters and is a trusted advisor to boards, chief executives and senior management.

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Amanda Douglas
Partner
Employment
Andrew Watkins Andrew Watkins
Andrew Watkins
Partner
Relationship Property & Family

Andrew specialises in the resolution of complex disputes involving relationship property and contentious trusts and estates. He advises on guardianship and childcare arrangements where children are involved. Andrew has a special interest in mediation and is also involved in the wider education of other lawyers on the Property (Relationships) Act.

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Andrew Watkins
Partner
Relationship Property & Family
Annabel Sheppard Annabel Sheppard
Annabel Sheppard
Partner
Property and Estate Planning

Annabel is a specialist and highly experience property lawyer. She also advises on asset planning and protection, including trusts, and supports clients with the often difficult discussions concerning wills and enduring powers of attorney.

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Annabel Sheppard
Partner
Property and Estate Planning
Anthony Drake Anthony Drake
Anthony Drake
Partner
Employment

An employment law specialist of more than 20 years, Anthony deals with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues including litigating employment disputes and engaging in collective bargaining on behalf of employers.

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Anthony Drake
Partner
Employment
Ash Hill Ash Hill
Ash Hill
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Ash is a leading lawyer in New Zealand for mergers and acquisitions, advising on complex matters including capital raising and fund formations. Recommended in the Legal 500 2022 and ranked in Chambers and Partners Global and Asia-Pacific legal directories.

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Ash Hill
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Charlene Sell Charlene Sell
Charlene Sell
Partner
General Business/SMEs

Charlene specialises in commercial law, advising everyday businesses on their day-to-day legal needs. She also advises not-for-profits and charities.

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Charlene Sell
Partner
General Business/SMEs
David Haigh David Haigh
David Haigh
Partner
Property and Estate Planning

David’s practice is focussed in the Agri sector. He advises on all aspects of rural property, including ownership structures and asset protection.

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David Haigh
Partner
Property and Estate Planning
Davida Dunphy Davida Dunphy
Davida Dunphy
Partner
Commercial Property

Davida has over 20 years commercial property experience. She works with large portfolio owners, developers or occupiers, advising on a lifecycle approach to optimising value from their property and land-based assets, including acquisitions. She also assists with day-to-day portfolio management.

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Davida Dunphy
Partner
Commercial Property
Emily Walton Emily Walton
Emily Walton
Partner
Insurance

Recognised as one of New Zealand's most experienced insurance litigators Emily is engaged by institutional and insurer clients to advise on a wide range of construction related matters including defending professional indemnity claims against engineers, architects, and other construction professionals.

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Emily Walton
Partner
Insurance
Greg Simms Greg Simms
Greg Simms
Partner
Dispute Resolution and Insurance

Greg is a highly accomplished commercial litigator, representing both private and public sector clients before courts and tribunals and in mediations. Greg is also actively sought out to represent clients in relation to financial, regulatory and other sensitive investigations.

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Greg Simms
Partner
Dispute Resolution and Insurance
Hayley Buckley Hayley Buckley
Hayley Buckley
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Recommended by The Legal 500 2022 legal directory, Hayley is one of the country’s leading lawyers for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and complex commercial contracting. She is also the authority on equity crowdfunding in New Zealand.

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Hayley Buckley
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Jenna Adamson Jenna Adamson
Jenna Adamson
Partner
Commercial Property

Jenna specialises in property, advising private clients, institutional landlords and businesses on retail, commercial and industrial property, including leasing, developments and portfolio management. She also advises retail, tourism and hospitality businesses on commercial matters, including e-Commerce, consumer and competition law.

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Jenna Adamson
Partner
Commercial Property
Jenny Turner Jenny Turner
Jenny Turner
Partner
Property and Estate Planning

A specialist property lawyer, Jenny advises on residential, commercial and rural property sale and purchase transactions, leasing, financing, subdivision and residential property developments.

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Jenny Turner
Partner
Property and Estate Planning
People
Joshua Shaw
Partner
Regulatory & Prosecutions

An accomplished litigator with specialist expertise in regulatory and disciplinary prosecutions, Joshua acts as prosecutor and as defence counsel. He also acts for clients involved in relationship property disputes and Family Court proceedings. Highly experienced in Coronial Inquests, Joshua is regularly appointed as counsel assisting the Coroner.

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Joshua Shaw
Partner
Regulatory & Prosecutions
Josh Taylor Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor
Partner
Dispute Resolution

Josh has a broad litigation practice with a focus in construction, property, insolvency, and contentious trusts and estates, advising on high value and complex matters. He also has a strong interest in sport law and is a member of the Judicial Committee for the Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

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Josh Taylor
Partner
Dispute Resolution
Katrina Hammon Katrina Hammon
Katrina Hammon
Partner
Consumer Markets and Franchising

Well-known across Australia and New Zealand as a leading consumer markets and franchise lawyer, Katrina advises businesses in a broad range of sectors, including retail, grocery, distribution, travel, fashion, therapeutic goods, hospitality, beauty and appearance medicine, medical, media and advertising, financial services, estate agencies and brokers

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Katrina Hammon
Partner
Consumer Markets and Franchising
Lucy de Latour Lucy de Latour
Lucy de Latour
Partner
Environment & Planning

Lucy is a specialist in environmental and local government law, with particular expertise in freshwater management. In addition to her local government sector experience, she also has significant experience in the energy (hydro-electricity generation), retail, industrial, residential and infrastructure sectors.

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Lucy de Latour
Partner
Environment & Planning
Mike Doesburg Mike Doesburg
Mike Doesburg
Partner
Environment & Planning

Mike is an environment law specialist. He acts for both councils and private clients on complex planning issues. He has particular expertise in project consenting for large projects, including retail, commercial and industrial developments, infrastructure projects and comprehensive residential schemes.

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Mike Doesburg
Partner
Environment & Planning
Philip Maw Philip Maw
Philip Maw
National Managing Partner
Environment & Planning and Local Government

A leader in natural resource, environment and local government law, Philip is also highly respected for his leadership and expertise in freshwater management. A highly skilled advocate, Philip regularly appears on appeals to the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

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Philip Maw
National Managing Partner
Environment & Planning and Local Government
People
Phoebe Davies
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Phoebe advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters. Phoebe acts for both commercial and institutional clients involved in a range of industries, with specialist knowledge in the agribusiness, consumer finance and retirement village sectors.

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Phoebe Davies
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Rebecca Saunders Rebecca Saunders
Rebecca Saunders
Partner
Construction

Rebecca specialises in construction law and advises clients throughout the lifecycle of a project. She is highly skilled in resolving construction disputes, via negotiated settlement, mediation, arbitration, litigation or construction adjudication.

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Rebecca Saunders
Partner
Construction
Richard Hargreaves Richard Hargreaves
Richard Hargreaves
Partner
Insurance

An experienced professional indemnity defence lawyer, known for representing lawyers and other professionals.

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Richard Hargreaves
Partner
Insurance
Shane Campbell Shane Campbell
Shane Campbell
Partner
Dispute Resolution

Shane specialises in commercial and civil disputes. He acts for individuals, businesses and corporates. An accomplished advocate, he appears in hearings and trials at all levels of the New Zealand judicial system, as well as appearing in arbitrations, mediations and adjudications.

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Shane Campbell
Partner
Dispute Resolution
Stephen Lowe Stephen Lowe
Stephen Lowe
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Stephen specialises in mergers and acquisitions and securities and energy law. Listed in NZ Best Lawyers 2022 for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity law, he is also recommended by the Legal 500 2022 and Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific and Global legal directories.

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Stephen Lowe
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Sue Anderson Sue Anderson
Sue Anderson
Partner
Property and Estate Planning

Sue advises clients involved in the rural and primary industries sector on matters ranging from farm transactions to business structuring and asset planning.

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Sue Anderson
Partner
Property and Estate Planning
Richard Hern Richard Hern
Richard Hern
Consultant
Insurance

A seasoned advocate and an experienced trial lawyer, specialising in professional indemnity insurance. Recognised as one of the country’s best insurance law practitioners.

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Richard Hern
Consultant
Insurance
Matthew Jones Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones
Chief Operating Officer

Matthew is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for ensuring the highest levels of service delivery to our clients and the smooth running of the business services function. Matthew is also an Executive member of the Board.

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Matthew Jones
Chief Operating Officer
Ellie Harrison Ellie Harrison
Ellie Harrison
Special Counsel
Insurance

A leading health and safety lawyer, Ellie is also highly regarded in the insurance sector with expertise in professional indemnity and regulatory prosecutions.

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Ellie Harrison
Special Counsel
Insurance
Michelle Mehlhopt Michelle Mehlhopt
Michelle Mehlhopt
Special Counsel
Environment & Planning and Local Government

Highly regarded for her work in the environment and planning sector, Michelle is the ‘go-to’ for many local authorities. Her specialist expertise in biosecurity law makes her an invaluable addition to any team.

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Michelle Mehlhopt
Special Counsel
Environment & Planning and Local Government
Nichola Williams Nichola Williams
Nichola Williams
Special Counsel
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Nichola’s international career in the corporate and commercial space, has made her invaluable to domestic and international clients alike while her significant expertise in complex matters has given her industry knowledge that is truly a cut above the rest.

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Nichola Williams
Special Counsel
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Stephanie Woods Stephanie Woods
Stephanie Woods
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution

Stephanie’s pragmatic and knowledgeable advice, and vast experience in court processes has established her as one of Canterbury’s foremost authorities in the insurance space, while her experience in acting on both sides of the fence makes her an expert on navigating contentious matters to resolution.

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Stephanie Woods
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution
Tom Heard Tom Heard
Tom Heard
Special Counsel
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Tom’s business acumen tempered by extensive global experience has rightfully earned him a reputation as one New Zealand’s best corporate and commercial lawyers. His talent for complex and high value domestic and international matters makes him an essential addition to a client’s team.

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Tom Heard
Special Counsel
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Andrew Logie Andrew Logie
Andrew Logie
Senior Associate
Commercial Property

Andrew is a specialist in commercial and residential property development. Highly-skilled and regarded for his eye for detail and strategic approach, he advises on all areas of leasing, sales and acquisitions and property development, including residential infill developments.

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Andrew Logie
Senior Associate
Commercial Property
Becky Lane Becky Lane
Becky Lane
Senior Associate
Dispute Resolution

Becky specialises in dispute resolution, advising clients on a wide range of complex disputes including commercial leases, construction, property and various aspects of insurance law. She is experienced in all forums of dispute resolution.

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Becky Lane
Senior Associate
Dispute Resolution
Kate Woods Kate Woods
Kate Woods
Senior Associate
Environment & Planning

A thought leader in freshwater management and local government strategy and advisory, Kate has an innate understanding of complex district and regional resource management matters, and a wealth of experience in judicial review proceedings and due diligence in commercial matters.

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Kate Woods
Senior Associate
Environment & Planning
Katherine Binsted Katherine Binsted
Katherine Binsted
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

An experienced lawyer with an international reputation, Katherine has significant expertise in acting for both developers and investors, and is a core component of our national corporate and commercial team.

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Katherine Binsted
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Katrina Pfeifer Katrina Pfeifer
Katrina Pfeifer
Senior Associate
Employment

A specialist employment lawyer, Katrina advises on all aspects of employment law including the application of new legislation in the workplace, redundancies, personal grievances, performance management and disciplinary processes. She is also experienced in investigations.

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Katrina Pfeifer
Senior Associate
Employment
Kimberley Wong Kimberley Wong
Kimberley Wong
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

A leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions across both domestic and cross-jurisdictional transactions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Kimberley’s international reputation ensures clients are in the best of hands in complex and high value corporate transactions.

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Kimberley Wong
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Tim McGuigan Tim McGuigan
Tim McGuigan
Senior Associate
Regulatory & Prosecutions

An experienced litigator, Tim is a well-respected figure in the District and High Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal. His extensive experience as litigator for a broad range of government clients, means he is well equipped to assist on both sides of the fence in environmental compliance, commercial litigation, and regulation.

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Tim McGuigan
Senior Associate
Regulatory & Prosecutions