Anthony Drake

Anthony Drake

Partner, Wynn Williams

Anthony is a partner in our national Dispute Resolution Team.  He has specialised in employment law for 20 years and deals with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues including advisory work, dismissals, discrimination, and employment implications for commercial transactions, redundancy, restraint of trade, confidential information, and industrial disputes.  


Anthony has managed many complex cases and has significant experience with mediations and alternative dispute resolution as well as judicial settlement conferences.  As a founding member of the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office he has expert skills in major investigations and inquiries.  He has acted for a wide range of major domestic corporates, New Zealand Government and various local government agencies, and state-owned enterprises, as well as acting for individual and private clients.  


As a previous member of the St John’s (Anglican Church) Board of Oversight, Anthony has considerable experience in dealing with three Tikanga: Maori, Pacifica and Pakeha, and has a valuable awareness of the complexities of multicultural environments.  Anthony also happens to be a descendant of the infamous privateer Sir Francis Drake and the son of a Polish war refugee to New Zealand. 


Anthony is a regular presenter and commentator on employment law topics and has considerable experience in writing legal opinions, research papers and summarising of facts.  He is also an author of Butterworth’s Forms and Precedents employment law section. 


Anthony is recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for his work in employment law.