AllPartnerSenior AssociateAssociateLawyerOffice Manager/Executive Assistant
Steph Dyhrberg
Partner

Steph Dyhrberg

Partner

Johanna Drayton

Kim Wild
Senior Associate

Kim Wild

Senior Associate

Jordan Boyle

Angela Williams
Associate

Angela Williams

Associate

Jaenine Badenhorst

Macaela Joyes
Associate

Macaela Joyes

Lawyer

Paddy Miller

Lawyer

Zahra McDonnell-Elmetri

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Catherine Byrne

Partner

Steph Dyhrberg

BA, LLB (Hons) Otago Steph has 30 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). She is the immediate past Convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association.  She is the Deputy Chairman of Mary Potter Hospice and a Director of the Mary Potter Apartment Company. Steph is 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 2018, Steph was awarded Wellingtonian of the Year in recognition of her work to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In January 2018, Steph was appointed by New Zealand Rugby as its Independent Complaints Service Manager.  For more information, please click here.
Partner

Johanna Drayton

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.
Senior Associate

Kim Wild

LLB Canterbury Kim graduated with an LLB from the University of Canterbury in April 2010 and was admitted to the Bar in August 2010. Kim originally joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2012, having previously worked for a large government department. After spending two years living and working in London, including for a large international law firm and in an employment law/HR advisory role, she returned to the firm in 2017. Kim has experience advising on a wide range of employment law matters including personal grievances, performance management, disciplinary and restructuring processes, reviewing and drafting employment agreements and policies, assisting with employment litigation, and representing clients at mediation. Kim also has experience and expertise in conducting disciplinary and fact finding investigations. Kim is currently working Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am – 5.00pm and Fridays 8.30am – 2.00pm.
Senior Associate

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

Angela Williams

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.  
Associate

Jaenine Badenhorst

LLB University of Auckland, BA (Political Sciences) Victoria University of Wellington, GDip in Business Studies (Disputes Resolution) Massey University, Admitted to the Bar in 2008. Jaenine joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2022. She has a background in general litigation and disputes resolution and is particularly focussed on providing cost effective, yet customised and practical real-life solutions to her clients. She represents employees, small and medium businesses, large businesses, multi-national companies and other government organisations in relation to personal grievances, long term illness and performance management, disciplinary processes, restructuring, health and safety, and Covid-19 related employment law. Jaenine is a skilled advocate in negotiations and mediations and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority. She is also able to prepare employment agreements and policy documents to suit the needs of your business. Outside of work Jaenine loves being active in the outdoors with her husband and three daughters: mountain biking, skiing, spearfishing and tramping. Jaenine is currently working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Associate

Macaela Joyes

LLB/BA Otago Macaela joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in 2019. She has a strong foundation in employment law, having previously worked as a legal researcher for a large government department where her role included providing legal opinions to the Employment Relations Authority Members. Macaela enjoys working closely with employer and employee clients through the full cycle of employment processes. She has experience in contentious and non-contentious matters and works to find creative solutions that avoid escalation or damage to the employment relationship wherever possible. Macaela has assisted clients in all types of personal grievance claims, human rights claims for racial and sexual harassment, large and small scale restructures, medical incapacity, disciplinary, and performance improvement processes. She has assisted in workplace investigations, represented clients at mediation, and appeared as junior counsel in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. Macaela also has experience drafting employment documents (including employment agreements and a wide range of workplace policies). Macaela is the secretary for the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association.
Lawyer

Paddy Miller

LLB/BA Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Paddy graduated with an LLB and BA (Political Science) from Victoria University of Wellington in May 2020 and was admitted to the Bar in March 2021. Paddy joined Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law at the end of 2021, coming from a role as a report writer for Select Committees at the Office of the Clerk in Parliament. She is a member of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association. In her spare time, Paddy enjoys hiking and is an active tennis player.
Lawyer

Zahra McDonnell-Elmetri

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.  She is also a member of the Wellington Women’s Lawyers’ Association. Zahra has now been made a permanent member of the staff as a Lawyer after recently being admitted to the Bar.    
Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Catherine Byrne

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.