About BuckettLaw

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.

BuckettLaw's Vision & Guiding Principles

We pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and positive team culture, valuing flexible working from both an hours and location perspective.

We harness technology and our cohesiveness as a team to ensure a seamless service to our clients across all of New Zealand.

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Our Team

Barbara Buckett, top employment barrister.

Barbara Buckett


Our 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.

Prior to opening her own practice in 1998, Barbara worked as a Senior Staff Solicitor in a large professional services firm, as a Senior Legal Analyst for a public service department and an Office Solicitor for a major union.

Barbara has substantial experience in resolving workplace issues and can provide advice on both employment relations and human resource issues. Barbara advises on all areas of employment law and passionately believes in resolving issues before they arise, by providing organisations with effective compliance advice and robust processes.

Barbara has extensive dispute resolution and conflict resolution experience and frequently attends formal mediations on behalf of BuckettLaw clients, as well as both informal and formal negotiations. She prides herself on taking part in procedurally fair, clear and logical dispute resolution processes and relating to all those involved to create workable outcomes.

Barbara is also an experienced litigator, having appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, Court of Appeal, District Court, High Court and Family Court on a range of issues.

As well as reading and travel, Barbara enjoys working out at the gym, fine wine and dining out with friends.

Matt Belesky


Matt has a broad range of experience in employment law, including providing advice on disciplinary and performance issues, bullying and harassment, workplace investigations, organisational change processes, health and safety, restraint of trade issues, 90-day trial periods and confidentiality and privacy issues.

With a background in commerce and finance, Matt’s approach to employment law is to provide the most practical and commercially focused advice possible.
Matt represents clients in mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.

Matt is a proud Wellingtonian and enjoys exercise, film, music, drumming and relaxing with mates.

Moira Gray

Since graduating in 2017, Moira worked as a solicitor at the Porirua Kapiti Community Law Centre, she joined Buckett Law to specialise in employment matters at the beginning of 2022.

Moira has an excellent knowledge of employment law and a wide range of experience in general litigation, having represented clients at mediations, the District Court, at various Tribunals, as well as at the Employment Relations Authority.

She believes in building strong relationships with clients, by taking a friendly proactive and supportive approach, aimed at  resolving issues while focussing on assisting them to reach a timely and practical outcome.

Outside of work, Moira loves to travel, hike, and relax working out regularly at the gym, for her making sure she connects with friends and family are an essential part of life.

Tanya Narayan (she/her)

Legal Assistant & Administrative

A central part of our team, Tanya is a student at Victoria University of Wellington working in the third year of a Law and commerce degree, she feels studying law provides her with the opportunity to give back to her community.

Born in Fiji and raised in sunny Wairarapa, she is keen a volleyball player, enjoys good food and the company of friends and family. 

Tanya has a strong passion to encourage success within her Pasifika community, spending time at university volunteering mentoring others and leading cultural groups including the Fijian Students’ Association. 

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