Our People

We believe that business is based on strong relationships. Our aim is to create true partnerships built on mutual respect and trust.

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Caroline Rieger

Director | Principal Lawyer

Caro is an employment law expert.

Caro has extensive experience partnering with employers to achieve their business and people goals and is a trusted advisor to boards and executives in private and public organisations. Caro regularly assists school boards and early childhood providers and other organisations where professional disciplinary matters may arise.   She has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by these organisations and the regulatory frameworks they work within.

Caro helps individual senior leaders and executives when employment law concerns arise for them.

Caro is regularly appointed as an independent investigator for workplace matters and workplace cultural reviews.  Caro is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH).  Caro has investigated a wide range of issues, including workplace bullying and sexual harassment.   Her reports can be relied on both when addressing employment issues arising from the conduct and in implementing changes to culture and policies if necessary.

Caro has a special interest and strong background in Human Rights issues that arise in Employment. In addition to her specialist employment law experience, Caro has a wealth of civil litigation and family law experience which means she is able to see the broader business and personal implications of employment related matters and also is able to progress matters through litigation if early resolution is unable to be achieved.


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Caro’s passion for employment law means she is regularly invited to present seminars, client training and to comment in the media on employment related matters.

Outside of the Firm, Caro spends time with her husband and three children.  If there is time between her passion for employment law and her family, Caro loves pouring over interior design magazines and even better if it can be over brunch at a café.

Caroline Rieger, the director and principal lawyer of Black Door Law based in Wellington

Grace Adeyinka


Grace is a specialist employment lawyer.

Grace has a strong passion for helping clients navigate their way through complex legal issues in an efficient manner. Grace is interested in the practical employment issues that arise daily.

Grace was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2021.  In that same year she graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree.

Outside of the firm Grace enjoys going op shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

picture of employee at black door law, Grace

Alex Sclater


Alex is a specialist employment lawyer.

Alex has experience representing clients at mediation and the Employment Relations Authority. Alex has a strong interest in matters where human rights issues arise during employment.

Alex was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2020. In the same year Alex worked for two health care unions advocating for and providing advice to health care workers.

Outside of the Firm, Alex enjoys running, swimming, and yoga, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

Alex Sclater, a specialist employment lawyer at Black Door Law