Emma Warden

Senior Associate


Emma Warden

Firm: Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Address:Level 17
125 The Terrace
Wellington DX SP20009
New Zealand
Phone:64 9 498 5041
Fax:64 4 498 5001
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Local Time:Mon. 07:17


Emma is a Senior Associate in the Auckland Employment team at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.
Emma has been with the firm since 2002, and has undertaken a wide variety of work in the areas of employment law, health and safety, public law and education law.

Emma’s areas of expertise include 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. She also has extensive experience in assisting employers to carry out restructuring, poor performance and disciplinary processes.


Areas of Practice


  • Education
  • Employment and Labor


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

- Representing employers in, and drafting court documents and submissions for, the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal, and undertaking discovery and other necessary pre-trial preparation
- Drafting, reviewing and interpreting collective and individual employment agreements and human resources policies
- Representing employers at mediation
- Advising on the impact of legislative change in relation to health and safety, holidays entitlements and obligations to employees in the event of a restructuring
- Conducting research and providing legal opinions on the full range of employment and human resources related issues including leave and bonus entitlements, discrimination issues, grounds for discipline and dismissal of employees, and redundancy issues
- Advising employers regarding the management, and eventual medical retirement, of employees on long term sick leave
- Facilitating training on a wide range of employment related matters
- Researching and advising central Government agencies and Crown entities on a variety of issues arising under legislation including the State Sector Act, the Crown Entities Act, the Privacy Act, the Official Information Act, the Education Act and the Human Rights Act
- Assisting employers in conducting employment investigations, including advising regarding grounds for discipline and/or dismissal
- Providing advice to central Government agencies and Crown entities regarding public law issues, including the delegation and exercise of statutory powers, and responses to parliamentary and Select Committee questions
- Advising employers regarding accident compensation issues, including representing an employer in a challenge to a decision by ACC to classify an employee's injury as work-related
- Advising employers on strategic and legal issues arising out of proposed industrial action
- Providing advice in relation to issues arising at the various stages of the collective bargaining process, inlcuding reviewing and commenting upon proposed documents
- Providing advice to both public and private sector organisations regarding privacy issues, including responding to Privacy Act requests and complaints
- Advising a number of employers, both in the public and private sectors, regarding restructuring and redundancy processes, including issues relating to relocating employees
- Undertaking employment due diligence and advising on all employment related aspects of the sale and transfer of a business
- Advising in relation to employment law issues for businesses in receivership

Professional Associations

Secondment to the Department of Corrections as HR Adviser, Legal, January 2006 to January 2007

Memberships and directorships
Committee member, Auckland District Law Society Employment Law Committee
Committee Member, Employment Law Institute
Member, Human Resources Institute of New Zealand


Author/co-author of various employment law articles, including in Employment Today and the Employment Law Bulletin


Regular presenter at training and seminars on a wide range of employment law matters

Professional Activities and Experience

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (2002 to current)



BA, LLB (Hons) Victoria University, 2001