Amanda Douglas > Wynn Williams > Christchurch, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Wynn Williams
New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Employment




Amanda leads the Employment and Health and Safety practice at Wynn Williams. She acts for employers and employees on a variety of Employment Law matters, with a particular focus in the dispute resolution area. This includes disciplinary steps, claims through the ERA and Employment Court, negotiations, and mediation. Amanda also provides advice on employment agreements and organisational restructuring. Amanda has the skills and experience to obtain a pragmatic negotiated outcome to many disputes. Where resolution is not possible, she presents a well-considered case to the ERA or Court.

Amanda also regularly advises on health and safety matters. She has provided advice on the new health and safety legislation to a number of organisations and is assisting them to implement changes for compliance with the new legislation. Amanda also defends Health and Safety prosecutions. Amanda regularly presents at conferences and seminars on employment, and health and safety matters.

As a member of the national Dispute Resolution Team, Amanda also draws on her experience in the areas of Resource Management, Local Government and Relationship Property to resolve disputes.


Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
Canterbury Women’s Legal Association
New Zealand Contractors’ Federation (NZCF)
Road Transport Association New Zealand (RTANZ)
Resource Management Law Association



Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

At Wynn Williams, employment law is handled by the firm’s dispute resolution group, though practice heads Amanda Douglas in Christchurch, who ‘brings an excellent sense of commercial reality to the table‘, and Anthony Drake in Auckland focus exclusively on employment and health and safety matters. Douglas focuses on disputes, while Drake has more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues including advisory work, dismissals, discrimination, and employment implications for commercial transactions, redundancy, restraint of trade, confidential information, and industrial disputes. One client remarks that ‘we found them very effective – not only well versed in the law, but able to advance effective strategies to help us achieve our desired outcomes‘.