AllPartnerAssociateLaw ClerkOffice Manager
Partner

Johanna Drayton

Partner

Jordan Boyle

Associate

Imke Kitchin

Law Clerk

Lachlan Spence

Office Manager

Mandy Cosgrove

Law Clerk

Lisa Nguyen

Law Clerk

Teia Kahura

Partner

Johanna Drayton

Johanna has over 25 years post admission experience.  She commenced her career at a large law firm (now known as DLA Piper) and later became a partner in a boutique litigation law firm (Parker & Associates).  She completed her honours degree in privacy law. Her clients are public and private sector employers and employees. Johanna is an experienced independent workplace investigator.  She is available to carry out independent investigations for employers into complaints arising in the workplace relating to a raft of concerns including alleged workplace bullying and harassment.  She passed the exams for the AHI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators in Atlanta, GA in 2018 and holds the AWI-CH distinction for Workplace Investigators. She is a committee member of the Australasian branch of AWI who assist with providing webinars for AWI members. Johanna has significant experience and expertise in all aspects of employment practice and advocacy. She regularly presents at seminars, and conferences, and provides targeted training for clients. She has published on Privacy, Official Information and the Human Rights Act.  Johanna is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee (Wellington Branch), and the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association. She is a Board Member of Vitae, a nationwide provider of workplace wellness and counselling services.
Partner

Jordan Boyle

LLB Te 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. Jordan strategically 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 usually able to pragmatically resolve contentious matters through negotiation and mediation. Where matters are not able to be resolved Jordan has consistently achieved successful outcomes through litigation. Jordan has appeared at all levels of courts and authorities, from the Employment Relations Authority to the Supreme Court. Jordan’s approach with clients is focused on relationship building and achieving pragmatic, interest-based results. Jordan is able to assess potential outcomes, advise on reasonable steps and how to achieve the best possible outcome in the circumstances. When acting for individuals he has a track record of acting quickly to achieve beneficial results, allowing clients to move on from the stressors surrounding their employment relationship problem. Jordan is an experienced workplace investigator, undertaking independent investigations for employers of all sizes in the public and private sector on a range of issues.
Associate

Imke Kitchin

Imke graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka in May 2023 and was admitted to the Bar in March 2023. She joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2022. Imke has a passion for assisting clients to navigate challenging employment issues in a focused and pragmatic manner. She has experience assisting clients in a variety of employment matters including personal grievances and collective bargaining. Her interest in employment law was sparked during summers working in Hawke’s Bay where she worked as a fruit picker and in the freezing works. In her spare time Imke enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Imke has experience in high performance sport environments for both rowing and netball. Through Imke’s involvement with her iwi Ngāti Kahungunu she has a rich understanding of tikanga and respect and appreciation for Māori culture. She has strengthened her knowledge through affiliations with the Growth Project, a programme designed to help Māori reach their full potential in the workplace.
Law Clerk

Lachlan Spence

Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana. Lachlan joined the firm for a full-time position in January 2024 after a year of part time work at Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law. Lachlan started at DDELaw working as the firm’s Māori Summer Intern. He finished studying for his LLB and BA majoring in Political Science at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2023. Since working as an intern at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in the Employment Standards team, he has had a keen interest in Employment Law, specifically focussing on the status of contractors. Lachlan is a busy musician and musical administrator, performing in many of New Zealand’s best brass ensembles and being an elected member of the Brass Band Association of New Zealand.
Office Manager

Mandy Cosgrove

Prior to joining the team at Dyhrberg Drayton, Mandy was a Project Manager for the Ministry of Justice, responsible for the upgrade and installation of new information technology Audio Visual systems and services in the courthouses throughout New Zealand. Mandy previously owned and operated her own Project Management firm for 14 years in the residential construction industry. Mandy is responsible for supporting the partners and the team of lawyers and ensuring the smooth and successful operation of the firm. She is the first contact for clients and friendly face of the business.
Law Clerk

Lisa Nguyen

Lisa is in her fifth year studying her LLB and BA majoring in Political Science and International Relations at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Throughout her degree, Lisa has found a passion for the practical and people facing side of the legal profession and believes employment law fuses these passions together.  Lisa is currently the Treasurer for Generation Vote, a non-partisan charity which teaches civics education to high schools. Outside of work and university, Lisa spends time outdoors with family and friends, going on runs, and enjoys live music gigs.
Law Clerk

Teia Kahura

Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa. Teia joined the firm in April 2024 as a part-time law clerk, alongside her studies as an LLB and BA student majoring in Māori Resource Management at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Teia’s interest in employment law was sparked during an internship within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s litigation team, where a strong focus of her work was on employment related matters. Teia is passionate about Te Ao Māori, being an active member on Ngā Rangahautira – Te Herenga Waka’s Māori law student association. Outside of work and studies, Teia can be found either on the netball court, the touch field, or out for a run along Oriental Parade.