Emma Warden

Special Counsel - Employment

Emma, a Special Counsel in the Wellington Employment team, has been with the firm since 2002. Emma undertakes a wide variety of work in the areas of employment law, health and safety, public law and education law.

Emma’s areas of expertise span both contentious and non-contentious issues, including drafting employment documentation, representing both private and public sector employers at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and providing legal opinions on employment, health and safety, and public law issues.

Emma assists clients with employment due diligence and provides advice on all employment-related aspects of taking on new staff, or buying or transferring a business. She also assists clients with employment issues arising in the context of receiverships. Emma has extensive experience assisting employers to carry out restructuring, poor performance and disciplinary processes.

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Professional background


  • 2002, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Committee Member, Auckland District Law Society Incorporated (ADLS) Employment Law Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ)


  • Education
  • Employment Agreements
  • Government
  • Health and Safety
  • Public Law


  • Ranked as a Next Generation Labour and Employment lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019)