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

Scott Balloch


Scott is a specialist employment lawyer.

Scott advises on all aspects of employment law, including disciplinary and performance management, raising and responding to personal grievances, restructures and redundancies, and drafting employment agreements.

Scott prides himself on his personable nature and his practical solutions that minimise cost and stress for his clients.

Scott was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2020 after studying a BCom/LLB at Victoria University of Wellington and is a proud St Patrick’s College (Silverstream) old boy.

Prior to joining Black Door Law, Scott worked at a general practice firm in Lower Hutt and assisted clients with a wide variety of employment, dispute resolution, and commercial matters.

Outside of the office, Scott is an avid sports fan. He loves watching rugby (league and union), listening to live music, and socialising with friends & family.

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.

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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

Amy Edwards

Law Clerk

Amy is a law clerk in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington. At Black Door Law, Amy supports the team and clients through legal research and drafting.

Amy’s interest in employment law is driven by her desire to work closely with others and make a difference in the community.

Outside the Firm, Amy enjoys walks with her dog, spin classes, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family and friends.

Sam Whatley

Office Manager and EA to Caro Rieger

Sam is Black Door Law’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Caro Rieger.

Sam ensures the seamless operation of the Firm.  Whether you are a client or external stakeholder she will likely be your first contact at the Firm.

If you have a question Sam is the first person to ask, she will either have the answer or find the right person in the team to help you.

Sam has a background in Education, with a Masters in Teaching & Learning.  Prior to joining Black Door Law, Sam worked as a Primary School Teacher (one might make a joke about how this makes her uniquely qualified to keep our lawyers in check).

Sam actively supports the Firm’s social responsibility initiatives.

Outside of the Firm, Sam enjoys running, sewing, writing & cooking for her friends and family.