• We are BuckettLaw, Wellington’s
    pre-eminent employment law firm.

    As employment law experts, we provide specialist legal advice, support and advocacy for employers and employees nationwide.
    Your first email or phone contact is free.

  • Providing timely and expert legal advice since 1998, BuckettLaw is led by leading employment law specialist Barbara Buckett. Our team of employment lawyers is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for clients, whilst also providing an efficient and cost-effective service.

  • Piecing together your Business’s Employment Relations Requirements

    BuckettLaw has extensive experience advising and representing employers from a range of industries and backgrounds. Whether you are a small, medium or large business, BuckettLaw can service all your employment relations needs.

  • Kicked to the Curb? BuckettLaw can assist

    BuckettLaw has represented a vast number of employees in work-related disputes. As a specialist firm, BuckettLaw can ensure your case, and upholding your rights, is our number one priority.

  • Located in the heart of Wellington City, BuckettLaw services clients nationwide, with a strong presence in certain regions. If you are unsure whether you need an employment lawyer, or want a preliminary discussion on your employment issue, get in touch with one of our employment lawyers right away.

We are BuckettLaw, Wellington’s pre-eminent employment law firm.

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BuckettLaw is a boutique law firm of specialist employment lawyers, led by leading employment law expert Barbara Buckett.

With over 35 years’ experience as an industrial and employment lawyer, Barbara is widely considered an expert in her field, with a vast range of experience representing organisations and individuals from both the public and private sectors.

Established in 1998, the firm has provided expert advice to both employees and employers on a range of employment issues and disputes.

Based in central Wellington, BuckettLaw provides legal services to clients nationwide, with a focus in New Zealand’s major urban areas, as well as the Lower North Island and Upper South Island.

For more information on BuckettLaw and the team, follow the link below.

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Unsure whether you need an employment lawyer? First email or phone contact is free.

Call us now for a free of charge informal discussion. Alternatively, send us an email enquiry via the link below or directly to reception@buckettlaw.co.nz

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Pencil in a one-hour initial consultation through our online portal. During the consultation, we will discuss your case in detail, advise you of your legal position and settle on a plan of action.


Areas of Expertise

Legal Representation & Advocacy

Workplace Conflicts and Disputes

Specialist Workplace Advice and Assistance

Mediation & Negotiation

Employment Relations Documents

Collective Negotiations & Bargaining

Disciplinary & Performance Issues

Restructures & Redundancies

Employment Investigations

Employment Law Compliance

Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination

Confidentiality & Privacy Issues

Health and Safety

HR & ER Audits & Advice

Medical Incapacity & ACC Issues

Meet our Team

Barbara Buckett LLB - Employment Lawyer, Principal

Barbara is a highly respected and experienced Senior Employment Lawyer having practised as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand for over 35 years. She is widely acknowledged as an expert in the employment law field and has a proven track record of delivering excellent results for clients.

Matt Belesky LLB, BCom - Employment Lawyer

Matt joined BuckettLaw in 2015 after completing degrees in law and commerce (accounting) at Victoria University of Wellington. Matt works full time at BuckettLaw as an employment lawyer and assists the firm’s business development and marketing.

We have been using Barbara Buckett for employment issues for 10 years now and have been very satisfied with what she has done on our behalf. We would recommend her to anyone that is in need of assistance with any employment issues.

Carissa Wiffen, Central City Chemdry

Your experience with Courts other than the Environment Court gave you a wider view and an ability to anticipate key legal principles that were not available under the Resource Management Act 1991. In our opinion, one of your strengths is to look beyond the law and suggest alternative solutions, where appropriate.

David Willetts, Senior Associate, Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd

We have been impressed by the candid advice and assistance we receive from Barbara Buckett. Barbara's understanding of our industry and the need for practical, considered solutions is most refreshing; La Cloche is proud to be associated with Buckett Law.

Francois Febvre, Managing Director, La Cloche

We were most impressed by the advice and assistance recently given to us to settle a dispute between our company and the union. The advice we received was sound, professional and extremely beneficial to the company. It was apparent that the advice was based on extensive experience and knowledge of employment law and practice.

Keith Pybus, CEO Fast Cat Ferries Limited

Buckett Law are life savers. They were so engaged with us and bent over backwards to help us in any way they could. They really made us feel like we were their only client. There is no doubt we are in the hands of experts! I will continue to consult them for all of my employment advice.

Mary Laine, Lux Light Festival

BuckettLaw are the most professional, caring, understanding team of employment lawyers you could choose to get the job done. When I was at my wits end and didn't know where to turn I was told to contact them to seek advice and help with a situation that was getting out of control and causing me to endure endless bullying and harassment in the workplace. Not only did they assist me professionally they also went over and above their duty to help me emotionally. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who needs help with any employment matter big or small.

Tricia Stimson, Employee Client

Employment Law Updates and Articles

Employees: Talk before you Walk

4 November 2019

Everyone has workplace complaints from time to time, from workplace politics to being assigned that dreaded task.

But if you are facing an issue at work so serious that you are thinking about resigning, visiting an employment lawyer sooner rather than later could make all the difference.

It is not uncommon for employees to resign, often in the heat of the moment, before seeking advice from a lawyer to learn their rights. While this may make for a dramatic exit it does make the path to a fair outcome significantly more difficult.

In New Zealand employees can bring personal grievances against their employer if they believe their rights have been infringed. If the personal grievance is upheld, they are entitled to remedies such as reinstatement to their former position, reimbursement of lost wages and compensation.

The majority of personal grievances relate to employees whose employers have dismissed them or caused them a workplace disadvantage without justification.

Resigning before raising a personal grievance makes it difficult to establish a dismissal. You could argue that you have been constructively dismissed; that your employer has caused your work conditions to become so intolerable that you were compelled to resign. This is a threshold that can be difficult to meet.

Visiting an employment lawyer during the early stages of an employment problem significantly increases your chances of arriving at a positive outcome:

1.       Firstly, you may be able to repair the damaged employment relationship through dialogue. Sometimes it is just a simple misunderstanding without malice on either side’s part.


2.       Alternately, you may be able to come to an agreement with your employer and salvage your job. This may involve compensation for any disadvantage caused.


3.       If the damage to the employment relationship is too great, you may be able to reach an exit settlement. This could include redundancy entitlements, compensation, an apology, and/or a positive reference letter for your next employer.

If you have any employment issues or questions about your rights, give Buckettlaw a call.

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Physical Address:
1/309 Willis Street
Te Aro, Wellington

Postal Address:
PO Box 6137
Marion Square, Wellington 6141

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM

E: reception@buckettlaw.co.nz



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