Emma Warden > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Special Counsel – Employment


Emma, a Special Counsel in the Wellington Employment team, has been with the firm since 2002. Emma undertakes a wide variety of work in the areas of employment law, health and safety, public law and education law.

Emma’s areas of expertise span both contentious and non-contentious issues, including drafting employment documentation, representing both private and public sector employers at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and providing legal opinions on employment, health and safety, and public law issues.

Emma assists clients with employment due diligence and provides advice on all employment-related aspects of taking on new staff, or buying or transferring a business. She also assists clients with employment issues arising in the context of receiverships. Emma has extensive experience assisting employers to carry out restructuring, poor performance and disciplinary processes.




LLB (Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

(Rising stars)

Emma WardenMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts operates out of Wellington and Auckland. Wellington practice head Megan Richards has over 30 years’ experience working in employment law across the UK, Australia and New Zealand and applies her international background to assist large foreign and domestic employers in her consultancy and contentious work, often involving investigating and addressing complaints. In Auckland, Gillian Service is praised for her ‘implementable and practical advice’. Her key areas of work include unionised workforces, flexible working practices and the Holidays Act. In the same office, Aaron Lloyd advises on white-collar criminal and regulatory advice and litigation, often connected to employment matters, and June Hardacre is recommended for executive appointments and terminations, restraints of trade and protection of confidential information. Special counsel Emma Warden in Wellington is also noted.