• 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.
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  • 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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About Us

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, providing an efficient and cost-effective service.

BuckettLaw is a boutique law firm comprising of specialist employment lawyers. The firm has been providing clients with timely and expert advice since 1998 and is led by leading employment law expert Barbara Buckett. With over 35 years’ experience as an employment and industrial lawyer, Barbara is widely known as an expert in her field. Her vast range of experience includes representing organisations and individuals from both the public and private sectors. Committed to obtaining the best result possible for clients, Barbara and her highly professional team are passionate about providing practical and innovative advice to prevent and resolve workplace disputes.

BuckettLaw delivers pragmatic legal advice to ensure the most cost efficient and strategically sound outcomes for clients. Engaging an employment lawyer does not always have to result in a lengthy and costly legal battle.

BuckettLaw recognises that employment disputes can be costly not only financially, but also in terms of the business and personal disruption they cause. BuckettLaw understands the value of addressing the problem before it gets out of hand. We focus on delivering prompt, preventative and informative legal advice, to reach the swiftest and most discrete resolution possible.

Even when the most robust processes are followed, work place conflicts and grievances can still arise. If your dispute cannot be resolved informally or through formal negotiations, and does escalate, BuckettLaw will ensure you receive comprehensive and effective advocacy. We have extensive experience in Mediation and appearing before the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.

Whether you are an employer seeking to defend a personal grievance (or mitigate the possibility of one arising), or an employee seeking to pursue a grievance, BuckettLaw offers a tailored service to assist you in achieving a favourable resolution.

Employment issues can be confusing to those without expert knowledge. They can mushroom before you know it. If you or your business are unsure whether you need an employment lawyer, or where you stand legally, the team at BuckettLaw are available for a brief free-of-charge conversation, so you are fully informed and able to make the best decision possible. We are only a phone call or Skype away.

BuckettLaw provides advice and representation to employees and employers on all employment-related matters, meaning no query will go unanswered. In addition to employment law advice and representation, we also have experience in dealing with civil disputes (including Health and Safety) and ACC matters.

Primary Service Areas

Although BuckettLaw is based in Wellington City, it services clients throughout New Zealand, with a focus on servicing employees and organisations in certain regions.

  • Wellington City
  • Porirua City & wider North Wellington Area
  • Kapiti Coast (Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati & Otaki )
  • Lower Hutt & Upper Hutt
  • Gisborne
  • Nelson City & wider Nelson-Tasman Regions
  • Hamilton, Taupo & wider Waikato Region
  • Tauranga, Rotorua & wider Bay of Plenty Region
  • Masterton City & wider Wairarapa Region
  • Palmerston North City & wider Manawatu-Wanganui Region
  • New Plymouth & wider Taranaki Region Auckland
  • Blenheim & wider Malborough Region
  • Auckland
  • Hawkes Bay (Napier, Hasting & Havelock North)
  • Christchurch

BuckettLaw’s Vision and Guiding Principles

BuckettLaw is a strong team-based firm where the interests of our clients are paramount. We pride ourselves on fostering a positive team culture where diversity and acceptance of every team member’s differences, strengths and weakness are celebrated and are at the forefront of how we operate.

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.

Toby Cooper LLB - Employment Lawyer

Toby joined BuckettLaw in 2016 after completing a law degree at Victoria University of Wellington. Toby works full time at BuckettLaw as an employment lawyer.

Grace Coffey - Legal Assistant & Administrator

Grace joined BuckettLaw in 2017 and works part time as a Legal Assistant and Administrator.

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

BuckettLaw acted for a Creative Director who had been both unjustifiably disadvantaged and dismissed. The employee received substantive compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered in respect of both personal grievances, significant reimbursement of lost wages and contribution to his legal costs.

Allan v Ogilvy Wellington Ltd WA84A/08, File No 5085452  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee, a chief operating officer, who had been unjustifiably dismissed under the grounds of medical incapacity. The case was successful appealed to the Employment Court where the employee was found to have been unjustifiably dismissed and awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered, lost wages and a substantial contribution to his legal costs. The employer sought leave to appeal the case to the Court of Appeal, however BuckettLaw successfully defended that application and the Court’s decision.

Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2015] NZERA Wellington 127, Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2016] NZEmpC 97 & Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2016] NZCA 300  

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  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee in bringing claims for unjustifiable dismissal and unjustified disadvantage. The Employment Relations Authority found the employee had been unjustifiably dismissed and awarded compensation for hurt and humiliation, lost wages and a contribution to her legal costs.

Choveaux v Accident Compensation Corporation WA110/07, File No 5052501  

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  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee who had been unfairly dismissed from his workplace under a 90-day trial period. BuckettLaw took the case to the Employment Relations Authority, who found that the employee had been unjustifiably dismissed due to a pre-work trial and the employer had unfairly bargained in respect of the employment agreement. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation of a dismissal, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to legal costs.

Fagotti v Acme & Co Ltd [2015] NZEmpC 135  

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  

BuckettLaw successfully brought a claim for an employee who had been unjustifiably suspended and dismissed from her employment. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation caused, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to legal costs.

Mala v AccideMala v Accident Compensation Corporation [2013] NZERA Wellington 131  

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 acted for an employee who had been unjustifiably dismissed by way of redundancy. The Employment Relations Authority determined the dismissal was procedurally unjustified as the employer failed to advise it was considering making the employee’s position redundant or provide any information as to how it formed that view. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation of a dismissal, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to her legal costs.

Milne v New Leaf Beauty Therapy Ltd [2011] NZERA Wellington 151  

BuckettLaw acted for a doctor who had received an unjustified warning at work. BuckettLaw challenged the warning in the Employment Relations Authority and the warning was removed from the record and the doctor received compensation for hurt and humiliation and a substantial contribution to her legal costs. The employer then appealed the quantum of the award of legal costs, which we successfully defended and received an addition legal costs award for.

Pathways Health Ltd v Moxon [2013] NZEmpC 18 & Moxon v Pathways Health Ltd t/a Pathways [2011] NZERA Christchurch 151  

BuckettLaw acted for a Chief Pilot who had been unjustifiably dismissed from his employment. The Employment Relations Authority found the employer had unjustifiably dismissed the employee, in the process breaching its good faith obligations and the principles of natural justice. The employee was compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to his legal costs.

Smith v Air2there.com (2008) Ltd [2011] NZERA Wellington 62  

BuckettLaw acted for a Principal Corrections Officer where it was determined he was unjustifiably dismissed from his employment. The Employment Relations Authority ordered the employee be reinstated to his position and that he receive compensation for hurt and humiliation, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to his legal costs.

Tawhiwhirangi v Chief Executive, Department of Corrections WA65/07, File No 5050583  

 

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P: +64 4 472 8600

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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