Anthony Drake > Wynn Williams > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Employment

Career

Anthony has specialised in employment law for over 20 years and deals with 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.

Anthony has managed many complex cases and has significant experience with mediations and alternative dispute resolution as well as judicial settlement conferences. As a founding member of the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office he has expert skills in major investigations and inquiries. He has acted for a wide range of major domestic corporates, New Zealand Government and various local government agencies, and state-owned enterprises, as well as acting for individual and private clients.

As a previous member of the St John’s (Anglican Church) Board of Oversight, Anthony has considerable experience in dealing with three Tikanga: Maori, Pacifica and Pakeha, and has a valuable awareness of the complexities of multicultural environments. Anthony also happens to be a descendant of the infamous privateer Sir Francis Drake and the son of a Polish war refugee to New Zealand.

Anthony is a regular presenter and commentator on employment law topics and has considerable experience in writing legal opinions, research papers and summarising of facts. He is also an author of Butterworth’s Forms and Precedents employment law section.

Education

LLB – University of Auckland

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

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.

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‘.