People are 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
Managing 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
Managing 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
Ed Smithies Ed Smithies
Ed Smithies
Partner
Commercial Property

Ed is a specialist commercial real estate lawyer. He advises clients on significant real estate capital market transactions, commercial investments and developments across the real estate sector. He also regularly assists overseas investors in managing the overseas investment approval process.

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Ed Smithies
Partner
Commercial Property
Ellie Harrison Ellie Harrison
Ellie Harrison
Partner
Regulatory & 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
Partner
Regulatory & 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
Joshua Shaw Joshua Shaw
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 is a litigator specialising in high value and complex matters with a particular interest in construction and property disputes, insolvency, and contentious trusts and estates.

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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
Kimberley Wong Kimberley Wong
Kimberley Wong
Partner
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
Partner
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
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
Paul Comrie-Thomson Paul Comrie-Thomson
Paul Comrie-Thomson
Partner
Dispute Resolution

Paul specialises in public, regulatory, and commercial litigation, acting for both government and private sector clients. He advises clients on complex commercial and public law matters, and has particular experience and expertise in competition law and economic regulation.

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Paul Comrie-Thomson
Partner
Dispute Resolution
Paula Nicolaou Paula Nicolaou
Paula Nicolaou
Partner
Construction & Infrastructure

Paula is a specialist projects lawyer, advising public and private sector clients involved in large infrastructure and construction projects from project inception. Paula advises on project drivers, project details, procurement strategies and procurement compliance requirements, risk and market conditions.

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Paula Nicolaou
Partner
Construction & Infrastructure
Philip Maw Philip Maw
Philip Maw
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
Partner
Environment & Planning and Local Government
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
Richard Hern Richard Hern
Richard Hern
Partner
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
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 2024 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
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
Brent McDonald Brent McDonald
Brent McDonald
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution

Brent is a seasoned barrister with more than two decades of courtroom experience in the UK and New Zealand involving a wide range of civil and regulatory matters.

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Brent McDonald
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution
Kristal Rowe Kristal Rowe
Kristal Rowe
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution

A specialist insurance litigator, Kristal acts for professionals and their insurers in the construction and health sectors. She also advises insurers complex indemnity matters.

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Kristal Rowe
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution
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 go' 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
Nick Moffatt Nick Moffatt
Nick Moffatt
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution

Nick specialises in insolvency and restructuring. He advises financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, directors, and creditors on all aspects of insolvency processes, including enforcement and recovery actions.

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Nick Moffatt
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
Bethany Gunter Bethany Gunter
Bethany Gunter
Senior Associate
Insurance

Bethany advises clients on privacy and intellectual property rights. As part of the wider Insurance team, she also works with real estate professionals advising on professional indemnity claims.

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Bethany Gunter
Senior Associate
Insurance
Courtney Donaldson Courtney Donaldson
Courtney Donaldson
Senior Associate
Relationship Property & Family

Courtney advises on all aspects of relationship property and family law. She works closely with clients to navigate often highly emotive and challenging circumstances to achieve the best outcomes, either by way of litigation, mediation or out of court settlement.

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Courtney Donaldson
Senior Associate
Relationship Property & Family
Danita Ferreira Danita Ferreira
Danita Ferreira
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions

Danita is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. She advises a wide range of clients across a variety of industries, including the retirement village sector.

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Danita Ferreira
Senior Associate
Corporate Advisory & Transactions
Holly Weston Holly Weston
Holly Weston
Senior Associate
Dispute Resolution

A senior associate in our dispute resolution team, Holly advises on a wide range of commercial disputes, tortious liability matters, contentious trust and estate claims and construction contract disputes.

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Holly Weston
Senior Associate
Dispute Resolution
Imogen Edwards Imogen Edwards
Imogen Edwards
Senior Associate
Local Government and Environment & Planning

Imogen specialises in resource management and local government advisory and strategy, primarily advising local authorities on regional and district plan reviews. She appears in the Environment Court and High Court in relation to plan appeals, declaratory proceedings and resource consent appeals.

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Imogen Edwards
Senior Associate
Local Government and Environment & Planning
Kate Bradley Kate Bradley
Kate Bradley
Senior Associate
Relationship Property & Family

Kate specialises in relationship property and family law. She works tirelessly to help her clients navigate complex circumstances to achieve the best possible outcomes through negotiation, mediation and, if necessary, litigation. She also assists clients who are looking to protect their assets prior to or during a relationship.

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Kate Bradley
Senior Associate
Relationship Property & Family
Kate Woods Kate Woods
Kate Woods
Senior Associate
Environment & Planning

Kate specialises in resource management and environmental law acting for councils and private clients. She is highly adept at navigating complex district and regional resource management matters and brings significant experience to judicial review proceedings.

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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
Kathryn Evans Kathryn Evans
Kathryn Evans
Senior Associate
Employment

Kathryn advises employers on all aspects of employment relations including employment investigations, restructuring, disciplinary processes, restraint of trade and negotiated exits. She is highly adept in all forms of dispute resolution.

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Kathryn Evans
Senior Associate
Employment
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
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