Megan Richards > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner – Employment, MinterEllisonRuddWatts board member


Megan leads both the public law team and the Wellington employment team and acts for both public and private sector clients. She has practiced law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London, and sits on the partnership’s board.

Her practice traverses strategic, litigious and time-critical day-to-day advice on all aspects of public law and employment related law. Megan regularly acts for numerous government departments and crown entities (including central government education agencies).

Bringing significant experience to all employment related matters, Megan regularly advises on drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, minimum standards compliance, secondments, fixed term employment, KiwiSaver, collective bargaining, independent contractor arrangements, establishing business in NZ and recruiting staff, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations.

Megan is also a public law expert and advises on exercise of statutory powers, legislative drafting, discrimination and judicial review proceedings, risk management and legal compliance and governance.

Megan was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1991.




Editorial Board Member, Lexis Nexis’ Employment Law Bulletin

Editorial Board Member, Lexis Nexis’ Employment Headnotes of New Zealand


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (1990)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Megan RichardsMinterEllisonRuddWatts

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.