Firm Profile > Wynn Williams > Auckland , New Zealand

Wynn Williams
Level 25, Vero Centre
48 Shortland Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Insurance Tier 2

Wynn Williams has 'a strong team that has dealt with some very large earthquake claims and is great to work with', according to one client. The firm is well known for its work in earthquake and natural disaster claims, particularly those arising from the Canterbury earthquakes, and is also a prominent player in professional indemnity, fidelity, health, life and travel claims. Richard Hern in Auckland and Emily Walton in Christchurch lead the practice. Hern is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly represents insurers in professional indemnity, risk management, health, life and statutory liability matters. Walton is a leading light in domestic and commercial earthquake insurance claims.

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 2

'The firm's administration of complex, multi-party cases and the respect it gets from the Court is the best I have seen', says a client of the resource management and environment practice at Wynn Williams. The firm is a prominent player in resource management, environmental and natural resources matters, particularly in the South Island. The practice is led from Christchurch by Philip Maw and resource management specialist Lucy de Latour. Maw is a recognised advisor of regional councils, with particular expertise in freshwater planning policy development, and clients describe him as 'an excellent presenter and communicator'. Up-and-coming partner Kirstie Wyss is 'approachable and yet very professional' and Michelle Mehlhopt is recommended for district and regional planning, resource consents, enforcement and strategic advice to local authorities. Alongside freshwater management, the firm frequently advises on energy and natural resources matters.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

At Wynn Williams, 'the team is efficient, empathetic, commercially savvy and focused on achieving good results'. Known for the strength of its in-house advocacy skills, the firm handles commercial disputes, contentious trusts and estates, insurance and employment matters. Jeremy Johnson and Anthony Drake in Auckland, along with Joshua Shaw in Christchurch, are the lead partners. Clients describe Johnson as 'intellectually strong with very good emotional intelligence, which helps his client make good decisions in the face of ambiguity'. The recruitment of relationship property partner Andrew Watkins in Christchurch from Duncan Cotterill and construction partner Rebecca Saunders in Auckland from Lane Neave has helped the firm expand the range of its litigation practice.

Labour and employment Tier 3

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'.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

'This team gets the balance just right between their approach when dealing with other advisors, applying pragmatism during the dealmaking process and being responsive and knowledgable', says a client of Wynn Williams. The firm's broad scope of work includes complex acquisitions and divestments in the growth industry areas of honey and food, as well as private equity and venture capital transactions in a range of sectors. In Auckland, the 'smart, commercial and efficient' Ash Hill leads the practice and is 'easy to work with and gets the deal done'. He handles complex M&A transactions for major corporates and private investors including Reddy Group and the Ports of Auckland. Nick Kovacevich has moved to found Couch Harlowe Kovacevich.

The firm: Wynn Williams is a full service, national law firm with a team of 95+ lawyers and support staff across offices in Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand.   We provide advice to companies, private individuals and rural clients – as well as local authorities, and overseas investors.  The firm has a global outlook and services clients from all over the world. To support this it has trusted relationships with international law firms to enable the firm to provide a seamless global service to its clients.

Wynn Williams is committed to listening to its clients, leading in its legal work to help clients achieve their goals, and growing its client relationships.

The firm is proud to be one of New Zealand’s oldest law firms – established in 1859. Its long history is a testament to the adaptability, strength and integrity of the firm and its lawyers. Throughout the years, the firm has led New Zealand in the legal profession, providing excellent legal services to its large and varied client base.

Areas of practice: Litigation and dispute resolution: Wynn Williams has one of the strongest dispute resolution teams in the country, with a New Zealand-wide reputation for delivering successful results with integrity and responsibility. If you are faced with a dispute, either in your business or personal life, the team can apply its commercial insight and unrivalled experience to your case. The firm provides expertise in all areas of dispute resolution: commercial and contractual disputes; real estate and leases; contentious trusts and estates; relationship property; care of children and family; employment and health and safety; arbitration; insolvency and credit recovery; professional and product liability; judicial review and public law; intellectual property; Maori; construction.

Insurance: Wynn Williams has for some time been an industry leader in the specialised field of insurance law. The firm’s hallmark is product knowledge. It has been involved in a number of policy revision and re-drafting programmes and commonly advises on coverage questions for all forms of property and liability lines, and reinsurance treaties. The team is regularly instructed to act in: disputes where the insurer has accepted liability and is indemnifying the insured; and disputes where the insurer’s liability is disputed over questions of policy interpretation, scope of coverage and application of exclusions or endorsements arise.

Corporate: the team advises a broad range of corporate clients, banks, financial institutions, boards and individual directors on their corporate governance-related matters which affect them on an ongoing basis. The team also advises on all aspects of their ongoing corporate affairs including company law, corporate governance, disputes with or between shareholders, directors’ duties and compliance. The team can assist with the following: capital raising; mergers and acquisitions; start-ups; and venture capital.

Resource management and environmental law: the team is renowned for managing complex projects, from inception through to appeals. It can assist where legislation or planning documents impact on what you can or cannot do with your land, business, home or resources. The team takes a “whole of client” approach to providing advice, with a particular emphasis on finding practical solutions to achieve identified outcomes. It can assist with the following: planning and consents; property requirements; aquaculture and fisheries; mining, quarrying and aggregate; and air quality.

Commercial property: the commercial property team – which includes in-house resource management specialists – is sought after by individuals, businesses, and large private and public institutions. The team has involvement in all types of commercial property projects; from retail centres and mixed use developments, to large institutional commercial property portfolios and it can assist with the following: industrial property; office property; property development; and retail property.

Restructuring and insolvency: Wynn Williams provides advice to significant national clients in this field. The firm has litigated insolvency cases at the highest levels, including the Privy Council. The team works with large lenders and the Public Trust to advise on and enforce their security position. It also provides advice in relation to complex issues in liquidation and receivership. The team regularly advises on: liquidations and receiverships; the security position of lenders; debt recovery; enforcement of personal property securities; Securities Act and Companies Office investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and dispute resolution Jeremy Johnson jeremy.johnson@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Litigation and dispute resolution / Employment Anthony Drake anthony.drake@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Employment and Health & Safety Amanda Douglas amanda.douglas@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Insurance Emily Walton emily.walton@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Insurance Richard Hern richard.hern@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Corporate advisory Hayley Buckley hayley.buckley@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Corporate advisory Ash Hill ash.hill@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Resource management and environmental law Philip Maw philip.maw@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Resource management and environmental law Lucy de Latour lucy.delatour@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Litigation and dispute resolution Joshua Shaw joshua.shaw@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Number of lawyers : 66
at this office : 43
English
State Capital Group

The firm: Wynn Williams is a full service, national law firm with a team of 95+ lawyers and support staff across offices in Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand.   We provide advice to companies, private individuals and rural clients – as well as local authorities, and overseas investors.  The firm has a global outlook and services clients from all over the world. To support this it has trusted relationships with international law firms to enable the firm to provide a seamless global service to its clients.

Wynn Williams is committed to listening to its clients, leading in its legal work to help clients achieve their goals, and growing its client relationships.

The firm is proud to be one of New Zealand’s oldest law firms – established in 1859. Its long history is a testament to the adaptability, strength and integrity of the firm and its lawyers. Throughout the years, the firm has led New Zealand in the legal profession, providing excellent legal services to its large and varied client base.

Areas of practice: Litigation and dispute resolution: Wynn Williams has one of the strongest dispute resolution teams in the country, with a New Zealand-wide reputation for delivering successful results with integrity and responsibility. If you are faced with a dispute, either in your business or personal life, the team can apply its commercial insight and unrivalled experience to your case. The firm provides expertise in all areas of dispute resolution: commercial and contractual disputes; real estate and leases; contentious trusts and estates; relationship property; care of children and family; employment and health and safety; arbitration; insolvency and credit recovery; professional and product liability; judicial review and public law; intellectual property; Maori; construction.

Insurance: Wynn Williams has for some time been an industry leader in the specialised field of insurance law. The firm’s hallmark is product knowledge. It has been involved in a number of policy revision and re-drafting programmes and commonly advises on coverage questions for all forms of property and liability lines, and reinsurance treaties. The team is regularly instructed to act in: disputes where the insurer has accepted liability and is indemnifying the insured; and disputes where the insurer’s liability is disputed over questions of policy interpretation, scope of coverage and application of exclusions or endorsements arise.

Corporate: the team advises a broad range of corporate clients, banks, financial institutions, boards and individual directors on their corporate governance-related matters which affect them on an ongoing basis. The team also advises on all aspects of their ongoing corporate affairs including company law, corporate governance, disputes with or between shareholders, directors’ duties and compliance. The team can assist with the following: capital raising; mergers and acquisitions; start-ups; and venture capital.

Resource management and environmental law: the team is renowned for managing complex projects, from inception through to appeals. It can assist where legislation or planning documents impact on what you can or cannot do with your land, business, home or resources. The team takes a “whole of client” approach to providing advice, with a particular emphasis on finding practical solutions to achieve identified outcomes. It can assist with the following: planning and consents; property requirements; aquaculture and fisheries; mining, quarrying and aggregate; and air quality.

Commercial property: the commercial property team – which includes in-house resource management specialists – is sought after by individuals, businesses, and large private and public institutions. The team has involvement in all types of commercial property projects; from retail centres and mixed use developments, to large institutional commercial property portfolios and it can assist with the following: industrial property; office property; property development; and retail property.

Restructuring and insolvency: Wynn Williams provides advice to significant national clients in this field. The firm has litigated insolvency cases at the highest levels, including the Privy Council. The team works with large lenders and the Public Trust to advise on and enforce their security position. It also provides advice in relation to complex issues in liquidation and receivership. The team regularly advises on: liquidations and receiverships; the security position of lenders; debt recovery; enforcement of personal property securities; Securities Act and Companies Office investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and dispute resolution / Employment Anthony Drake anthony.drake@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Employment and Health & Safety Amanda Douglas amanda.douglas@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Litigation and dispute resolution Joshua Shaw joshua.shaw@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Litigation and dispute resolution Jeremy Johnson jeremy.johnson@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Insurance Emily Walton emily.walton@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Insurance Richard Hern richard.hern@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Corporate advisory Hayley Buckley hayley.buckley@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Corporate advisory Ash Hill ash.hill@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 9 300 2600
Resource management and environmental law Philip Maw philip.maw@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Resource management and environmental law Lucy de Latour lucy.delatour@wynnwilliams.co.nz +64 3 379 7622
Number of lawyers : 66
at this office : 23
English
State Capital Group