• 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 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. Big or small, BuckettLaw values every client who walks through our doors.

BuckettLaw provides frameworks, resources, advice and representation on any of the employer-related services listed below. If you have a question in relation to any of the services listed, or as to how BuckettLaw may assist you in navigating an employment issue or dispute, we urge you to pick up the phone and discuss the matter with one of our employment lawyers, entirely free of charge.


BuckettLaw is providing COVID-19 / coronavirus employment advice, including advice on government wage subsidies and redundancies. 

Not only does BuckettLaw represent employers in negotiations and in Court when things go wrong, but we also provide preventative advice and services, including:

  • Designing and drafting employment agreements;

  • Running robust disciplinary, performance and restructuring processes;

  • Conducting workplace investigations;

  • Navigating relationship issues;

  • Providing support for CEO’s and Senior Management;

  • Delivering regular up to date compliance advice; and

  • Hiring and firing support.

  • Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Services
    • Representation & Advocacy: Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, Court of Appeal & Supreme Court
    • Mediation & Negotiation
    • Negotiating Settlements & Exits
    • Enforcing Breaches of Restraints of Trade (Restrictive Covenants)
    • Enforcing Breaches of Contract (Employment & Contractor)
    • Defending Personal Grievances Claims
  • Dealing with Employee Misconduct
    • Employment Investigations 
    • Disciplinary Processes and Documentation
    • Dealing with Employee Misconduct
    • Employee Fraud
    • Theft & Misuse of Confidential Information
  • Day to Day Employment Relationship Issues 
    • Hiring and Firing (Frameworks and Templates)
    • Performance Improvement Processes and Templates
    • Flexible Working Arrangements
    • Compliance with Privacy Act and Good Faith Information Requests
    • Medical Incapacity (Long Term Sickness) Processes & Advice
  • Organisational Support
    • Professional and Specialised Support for Top-Tier Managers & Officers
    • Staff Education & Training Employment Seminars
    • Designing & Drafting Employment Relations Documents: Employment Agreements, Contractors Agreements, Settlement Agreements and Organisational Policies & Procedures
    • Health & Safety Frameworks 
    • Organisational Change, Restructuring & Redundancies
    • HR & ER Advice & Organisational Audits
  • Employment Relationships, Fundamental Obligations
    • 90-day Trial Periods 
    • Good Faith, Trust and Confidence & Duty of Fidelity Issues
    • Fiduciary Obligations
    • Acting as a Fair and Reasonable Employer
  • Compliance
    • Employment Relations Act Compliance
    • Adapting to Legislative Changes 
    • Parental Leave & Employment Protection Act 1987 Compliance
    • Wages, Holiday and Kiwisaver Legislation Compliance
    • Health & Safety Compliance
    • Risk Management Assessments 
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 acted for the directors of a company where an employee sought to join the director’s personally to a personal grievance claim against the company. BuckettLaw successfully applied to have the directors removed from the proceedings on the basis they were not the employer and it was inappropriate to lift the corporate veil.

Bothwell v Manawatu Dance Academy Ltd [2014] NZERA Wellington 54  

BuckettLaw acted for a Government Department and defeated a personal grievance claim where the Department had technically not followed its own procedure, but where we successfully argued the dismissal was substantively justified and inevitable.

Ngata-Aerengamate v The Attorney General AA85/01, AEA144/01  

BuckettLaw acted for the fledgling fast-ferry company Top Cat Fast Ferries when strike action was threatened as part of the wider waterfront industry show down. We assisted the company to avert a crippling strike action that would have closed the business and to successfully negotiate an agreement.

Fast Ferries  

BuckettLaw acted for a printing employer in relation to the sale of the business. This was a complex situation involving large sums of redundancy compensation as the result of numerous long-serving staff. We were involved in negotiations with the relevant union advising on employment issues in relation to the sale and transfer.

Printing Employer  

BuckettLaw acted for a property company in relation to the recovery of confidential information removed by a former employee to set up business in competition. This involved the issuing of proceedings for an injunction, which saw the return of the property and a restraint on its use in competition to the company.

Property Company  


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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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