Anne Wilson


+64 3 364 3810

+64 21 910 804


Anne Wilson is a Partner in our Employment law team working across both our Christchurch and Auckland offices. She has extensive experience practising in employment law, gained primarily at a top tier law firm, but also as in-house counsel for Vodafone, and the Employers and Manufacturers Association before joining Anthony Harper as a Partner in 2020. This gives Anne a unique perspective in meeting the needs of clients.

Anne’s work includes advising on:

  • Complex restructures
  • Personal grievance claims
  • Employment status claims
  • Minimum entitlement claims
  • Exit negotiations
  • Triangular employment claims
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Conducting bullying and harassment and disciplinary investigations
  • Collective bargaining and collective employment agreements
  • Individual employment agreements and employee incentive and bonus schemes
  • Restraints of trade
  • Authority hearings
  • The employment aspects of large corporate transactions
  • General employment advice

Anne’s solutions take into account the multi-dimensional aspects of the employment relationship, and clients describe her working style as responsive, commercial and pragmatic. She was a key member of the Holidays Act Remediation project team in her time at Vodafone, and the Act remains a key area of interest.

Key Transactions


  • A retirement home on redundancy and the transfer of vulnerable and non-vulnerable employees as a result of a sale of the village business and assets.
  • A large employer in the aged care sector on a whistleblower complaint.
  • A large investment company on the acquisition of a business in administration.
  • A beverage company on a personal grievance claim.
  • A large manufacturer on the interpretation of its collective employment agreement.
  • A large corporate on its compliance with the Holidays Act. This resulted in a significant reduction in its remediation liability.
  • A highly unionised workplace on a complex shift restructure.
  • A collective agreement for a large national logistics company as lead negotiator.
  • An exit with a key executive member of a not-for profit organisation.


  • Asia Pacific Legal 500, Labour and Employment, Leading Individual, 2024


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Waikato

Admission to the Bar

  • New Zealand, 2002

Contributed Articles

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  • What employers can expect under a National-led government

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