As a specialist employment law firm, obtaining the right outcome for you is our priority.

Employment Lawyer

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As a specialist employment firm, BuckettLaw can ensure your case & obtaining the right result for you is our number one priority.

Get your employment law question answered for free – by an employment law expert

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Pre-eminent Employment Law Firm

As employment law experts, we provide specialist legal advice, support and advocacy
for employers and employees nationwide.

Established in 1998, BuckettLaw is a boutique employment law firm, led by leading employment barrister Barbara Buckett.

Providing timely and expert legal advice, our team of employment lawyers are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, whilst also providing an efficient and cost-effective service.

Our dynamic team holds extensive New Zealand and international experience, having provided expert advice to both employees and employers on a wide range of employment issues and disputes, across a variety of sectors.

We value flexibility and our team connects with clients in the office and across different locations across New Zealand via face-to-face, video conferencing, telephone and email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Wherever you are in New Zealand
- we can assist.

You'll be in good hands


Managing a business is complex – and managing people even more so, particularly when things don’t go to plan. BuckettLaw has extensive experience advising and representing employers from a range of industries and backgrounds across New Zealand.

Whether you are a small, medium or large business, and if your issue to solve is big or small, BuckettLaw can assist with all of your employment relations requirements.


Addressing employment issues can be daunting – we get it. BuckettLaw has a proven track record in providing advice and representation in work-related disputes and prides itself on achieving positive outcomes.

BuckettLaw will ensure that you understand the law as it impacts you, so you are fully informed and understand any decisions or actions you make. We use our depth of experience to get the right result for you.

Help for Employers...

Personal Grievance

An employee has the right to raise a personal grievance if they feel that they have been mistreated or unjustifiably dismissed.  Establishing a strategy at the outset will assist to minimise the risk to your business.


Redundancy is a common part of the business landscape, particularly in uncertain times.  Straightforward advice to move your business to the right ‘shape’, whilst mitigating your risk, is important.

Performance Improvement Plan

Managing underperforming employees can be time-consuming, expensive for your business and a risk to your reputation.  The impact on staff morale and output can also be costly. Robust processes can make all the difference.

Disciplinary Process

When there is a potential breach of policy or agreement by the employee, disciplinary action may be required, up to and including dismissal. Don’t let procedural mis-steps trip you up.

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Help for Employees...

Personal Grievance

Employees have the right to operate in a safe workplace & be treated fairly and to raise a Personal Grievance if this doesn’t happen. Our team can guide you through the process and offer frank and clear advice.


If your role is at risk of disestablishment/redundancy, it is important that you know where you stand and that you are being treated fairly and that your employer is acting in good faith.


Bullying – an insidious behaviour in the workplace, that is repeated, humiliating, offensive or intimidating.  Be clear on your rights and how to move forward to reach a resolution.


Harassment – language or behaviour which is unwelcome/offensive and can be centred on race, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics. It’s important to have a clear strategy to tackle this behaviour.

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Unsure whether you need an employment lawyer?

Your first email or phone contact is free. Contact us by phone or email for an initial discussion.

BuckettLaw is...


With over 60 years combined experience in our office, we really have seen it all – and then some! We use our individual experience and different areas of expertise across our team to provide you with sound and pragmatic advice.


We are dedicated to all of our clients and we take the time to understand not just the matter at hand, but how this impacts you. We work as a team toward the best possible outcome for your case.


We tell it like it is – we are frank on the strength of your case and the ability to succeed. We keep you informed every step of the way and take the time to understand what is important to you.


We are flexible in how we work and where we work – we connect with our clients across New Zealand using a range of technologies in a timely and flexible manner. Wherever you are in the country, we can help.

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Don't just take our word for it

Views from our clients

Having worked with Barbara and the team at BuckettLaw for nearly 20 years I cannot speak more highly of them. Their professional integrity and experience shows through in everything they provide and support us with. They are not afraid to tell it like it is, simple and direct, which is the best counsel you can ask for. With us based in Auckland and them in Wellington the distance has never been an issue as BuckettLaw is a true partner in our business.

Chris ChongECD & CEO, RedCactus Design

Highly recommend Barbara, Matt & Tori...dream team to assist in any employment conflict/mediation. BuckettLaw are professional, empathetic and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Keep it up team, a huge thanks from my family and I!


Sincere thanks to the Barbara, Matt and Tori for their invaluable knowledge, support and expertise during a stressful three months. I would definitely recommend this team for any difficult employment related matters. It is so important to seek professional help to get through to mediation and a successful resolution.

Beverley Macris

I can not thank the staff at BuckettLaw enough for help the they have given me in resolving a workplace situation involving collusion and improper processes with intent to unjustifiably dismiss. At initial contact they were they were both professional and caring which was not easy as I was highly emotionally distressed. Once I engaged with them they were with me every step of the way giving solid advice and the courage to keep fighting for what I believed was right. I found them approachable and always available to talk things through. I also have no doubt that without their help and excellent knowledge of employment law I would not have been able to achieve such a successful outcome.

Manuka Sticks

I was advised from a friend to contact Barbara Buckett after an unexpected employment issue, and I have been impressed from the outset at the level of care that I have received from all of the team. From beginning to end, my contact with the office has been supportive and professional. I also had the pleasure of seeing Barbara "earn her money" and I can quite happily affirm that it was money well spent. For anyone needing an experienced and personable service, I would highly recommend without hesitation, BuckettLaw.

Kara Turfrey

I would highly recommend Barbara and her team to anyone who needs the services they offer. They're friendly, knowledgable and keep you informed throughout the whole process.

Chris Brown

Thank you to Tori and Barbara for their empathy, expertise and support in assisting me to deal with a stressful employment matter and nerve-wracking mediation. With their help, a mutually agreeable outcome was achieved for all parties.

Ben Smith

Awesome support from Barbara and her amazing team in a difficult time. If you are in need of Employment law advice you cannot go past BuckettLaw.

Holly Heather

Thank you to Barbara and Daniel - you both made an extremely stressful period in my life go a lot smoother, and managed to bring some closure.


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