Emma Warden

Emma Warden

Special Counsel


  • Education
  • Employment and Labor
  • Government

WSG Practice Industries


New Zealand

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.

Bar Admissions

2002, New Zealand


LLB (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington
BA Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice

Education | Employment and Labor | Government | Health and Safety

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

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

Professional Associations

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


Emma is a regular presenter at training sessions and seminars on a wide range of employment law matters. She frequently undertakes speaking engagements for Bright*Star, Conferenz, EMA and HRINZ.

Co-author, with Jennifer Mills, of a chapter on Employment Issues in Crossborder Mergers and Acquisitions in New Zealand in “Mergers and Acquisitions in North America, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Selected Issues and Jurisdictions” (a special issue of the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business).

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