BA, LLB (Hons) Otago Steph has 26 years legal experience. Prior to joining forces with Johanna, Steph practised as a sole practitioner for 6 years. Steph previously worked for a large commercial law firm (Russell McVeagh, Wellington), as a Crown Counsel in the Employment and Education team of The Crown Law Office, and as an employment lawyer for human resources specialists Right Management Consultants (formerly Greene Hanson, and The Empower Group). Steph was a founding author of Brookers District Court Procedure. Steph is the Convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association. She is a Trustee of Mary Potter Hospice and a Director of the Mary Potter Apartment Company. Steph is Acting Chief Judge on the judging panel for the Electra Business Awards (Kapiti-Horowhenua). Steph is recognised as a highly effective senior employment advisor and advocate. She is a skilled conference and workshop presenter, and has developed a specialist expertise in undertaking independent investigations and reviews. In January 2018, Steph was appointed by New Zealand Rugby as its Independent Complaints Service Manager. For more information, please click here. For any media queries regarding the Complaints Management Service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BA, LLB (Hons) Canterbury Johanna has over 25 years post-admission experience working in a large law firm (now known as DLA Piper), and then as a partner in a boutique litigation law firm (Parker & Associates). Her clients are public and private sector employers and employees. She is the author of the Privacy, Official Information and Human Rights Act chapters in the legal text The Law of Civil Remedies, published by Brookers. Johanna is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee (Wellington Branch), the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association and the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI). She is a Board Member of Vitae, a nationwide provider of workplace wellness and assistance services. Johanna undertakes independent investigations for employers into complaints arising in the workplace in relation to a raft of concerns including alleged workplace bullying and harassment. These are primarily for large public sector agencies. She completed, and passed the exams for the AHI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators in Atlanta, GA and now holds the AWI-CH distinction for investigators. Johanna has significant experience and expertise in all aspects of employment practise and advocacy, and is an excellent negotiator. She regularly presents at seminars, conferences and is a recurring presenter at the the Industrial and Employment Relations Summit. She also provides targeted training for clients.
LLB Canterbury Kim rejoined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2017 after two and a half years living and working in London. Kim undertook litigation and advocacy work, as well as assisting with the national pay negotiations with the teacher and support staff unions. Prior to her time overseas, Kim worked at Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law from 2012 to 2015. She has experience advising on a wide range of employment law matters including personal grievances, performance management, disciplinary and restructuring processes, and reviewing and drafting employment agreements and policies. Kim also has experience representing clients at mediation and conducting employment investigations. Kim graduated with an LLB from the University of Canterbury in April 2010 and was admitted to the Bar in August 2010. Kim is currently working part-time, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
LLBTe Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington Jordan graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 and was admitted to the Bar in September 2014. He joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2016, coming from another boutique employment law firm. Jordan advises employers and employees on a range of employment law matters including personal grievances, privacy issues, performance management, disciplinary and restructuring processes, and reviewing and drafting employment agreements and policies. Jordan is an experienced investigator, regularly undertaking independent investigations. Jordan represents clients in mediation and has appeared as sole counsel in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the District Court and as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
BA, LLB Otago Macaela joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in July 2019, having spent the preceding two years as a legal researcher supporting the Employment Relations Authority Members. Macaela worked as a summer clerk in a medium sized provincial firm from 2013 to 2017. Macaela advises on the full range of employment issues and has appeared as junior counsel in the Employment Court. Macaela graduated with a LLB and BA (Politics) from the University of Otago in 2018. While studying she developed an interest and experience in alternative dispute resolution and held roles such as Director, Otago Peer Mediation. She was admitted to the Bar in March 2019. Macaela currently volunteers with JustSpeak, a criminal justice organisation.
BA, LLB Otago Aleisha joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in September 2019, having been a summer clerk over two summers. She previously worked for a large global professional services firm as a human capital consultant, advising a range of public and private sector clients across strategic change management, HR transformation, culture change and performance management initiatives. Aleisha advises employers and employees on the full range of employment law matters. Aleisha graduated with a LLB and BA (Human Geography, Politics) from the University of Otago in 2018 and was admitted to the Bar in September 2018. Aleisha has been on the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association Committee since June 2018 and took on the role of Secretary in May 2019. She is also a volunteer lawyer for Community Law Wellington’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service.
LLB, Waikato; LLM (Distinction), PhD, University of Nottingham, UK Angela joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2018 after a period in the Law Reform team at the New Zealand Law Society. During 10 years in the United Kingdom, Angela consulted in areas of human rights, environmental protection, and social change and has published widely in those areas. She has experience in teaching, research, and cross-disciplinary engagement projects. Angela has a strong background in public and administrative law, incorporating legislative change, governance, and running due process. Angela has been a member of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association since 2018. She has worked on submissions for legislative change and reform within the legal profession, particularly in respect of gender equality, sexual harassment, and pay equity. In addition to general employment law practice, Angela manages complaints management services for NZ Rugby, Sport NZ and other organisations throughout the country. Angela is a Board Member of the Houghton Valley School Board of Trustees and an active member of her community on the South Coast of Wellington.
Margaret has worked in a variety of jobs in her working career, from being a typesetter/desktop designer, responsible for the conversion of law books from database to e-Commerce at Brookers, Practice Manager, and a Personal Assistant. She enjoys supporting the partners and team at Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law and helping the firm’s clients.
Catherine started with DDELaw in 2020. She has previously worked in government, private, and Non For Profit sectors. Catherine began her administration career as a receptionist in Napier and has also worked as a team coordinator, support services team leader, operations manager, and general manager. Office Management is where she feels most at home and plays an active role in supporting the partners and lawyers at DDELaw.
BA/LLB (Hons) Otago Zahra joined Dyhrberg Drayton as a summer clerk after graduating from the University of Otago where she studied a BA (Politics) and LLB. She has been an active member of the Otago Women in Law Society and Community Law Otago, assisting in the Refugee Immigration Legal Advice Service and Legal Education team. Zahra hopes to gain admittance to the Bar in 2021 and enjoys providing support to and learning from the firm’s lawyers. Zahra has now been made a permanent member of the staff as a Law Clerk.