steph dyhrberg barrister


I started my legal career working for 7 years at a large law firm, Russell McVeagh in Wellington. After developing my litigation skills and a special interest in employment law, I worked as a Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office and for a boutique Human Resources company. For 18 years I worked in private practice, first on my own and then as one of the founding partners of Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law. Since 1 June 2023 I have worked as a barrister (an independent lawyer).

I have been involved in fascinating areas of law reform, including 7 years acting for the Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay. This included appearing in the Bartlett v Terranova pay equity litigation and we had input into the shape of the Equal Pay Act. I was a member of the Ministerial Working Group on Fair Pay Agreements. In 2022, I contributed a chapter about psychosocial harm – the result of bullying and harassment – to WorkSafe’s online text: Mentally Healthy work – short essays.

Making a positive difference in the working lives of people in Aotearoa is something I strive for every single day.

steph dyhrberg barrister

Awards and Recognition

My contributions to the legal profession have been recognised at a national level. In 2018 I was recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards and named Wellingtonian of the Year for my work in addressing sexual harassment in the legal industry.

Leading Employment Lawyer Rankings – New Zealand, 2023

steph dyhrberg barrister

Community Involvement

Alongside my legal practice, I actively engage in community organisations that matter to me.

I am the Chairman of Mary Potter Hospice, guiding the staff in their work caring for patients at the end of life, and supporting their whānau.

I am a member of the judging panel for the Electra Business Awards (Kāpiti-Horowhenua), recognising and celebrating excellence in our local business community.

I also support other lawyers needing someone to talk to, through the NZLS National Friends Panel.

steph dyhrberg barrister

About Steph

I was born and raised in the South Island and attended Otago University, gaining an Honours degree in Law and a BA in German. I divide my time between Waikanae Beach and Wellington. I live with my husband Murray and we have 2 adult daughters. We enjoy bike rides and walks, travelling, and opera. I am a huge musical theatre fan and performed for 10 years in fun local girl band, The Retro Divas.

You can find me on LinkedIn here.

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