Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law is a boutique employment law firm that commenced in February 2011.

The firm’s partners – Steph Dyhrberg and Johanna Drayton – have both worked in prominent law firms in Wellington and have a wealth of knowledge in employment law.  Steph and Johanna have clients in both the business sector and wider public sector, including Government Departments, Ministries, Crown entities, local government, and individuals.  Johanna and Steph use their considerable commercial experience to help business people in the critical area of successfully managing their staff.  They have extensive hands-on experience assisting numerous clients in the public sector to resolve a wide range of employment issues.

Steph and Johanna take a proactive, supportive approach to resolving clients’ employment law problems.  The partners have extensive experience before the Employment Relations Authority, courts, and Mediation Services. The firm helps employer clients to improve their workplace agreements, policies and processes to avoid legal disputes arising, and helps employer and employee clients to resolve employment relationship issues and personal grievances quickly and effectively.

Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law provides quality, results-driven advice in a cost-effective and pragmatic manner. Steph and Johanna work alongside clients to achieve the very best outcomes in often difficult employment matters, becoming trusted advisors.


2015 NZ Law Awards

2020 NZ Law Awards

2022 Rising Star Award

Wellingtonian of the year 2018

2021 NZ Law Awards

New Zealand Law Awards

2015, 2020, 2021 Winner: Employment Law Specialist

2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Finalist: Employment Law Specialist

Rising Star Award

2022 Jordan Boyle

Wellingtonian of the Year

2018 Steph Dyhrberg

Community Services Winner

2018 Steph Dyhrberg

Women of Influence

2018 Finalist Steph Dyhrberg; Diversity


Women of influence - DDELAW


Steph and Johanna celebrate their 10 year partnership

The team enjoying the 10 year anniversary party