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For Employers

Buckett Law is a boutique law firm focusing solely on the area of Employment Law. We advise both employers and employees, working for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

We can offer legal advice on:

  • Hiring and firing
  • Employment agreements
  • Policies and procedures
  • Personal grievances
  • 90 day trial periods
  • Investigations
  • Business restructuring
  • Performance management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Health and safety
  • Privacy in the workplace
  • Internet copyright infringement
  • and everything in between…..

Here is what some of our clients have to say about us:


"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 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


"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 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 Wifffen, Central City Chemdry

In the past, we have acted in cases such as:

Case study 1

We 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.


Case study 2

We 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.


Case study 3

We 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.


Case study 4

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


Big or small, we value every client who walks through our doors.

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