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& 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.
Meet Our Team
BARBARA BUCKETT LLB
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 work out at the gym, fine wine and dining out with friends.
MATT BELESKY LLB, BCOM
Matt joined BuckettLaw in 2015 after completing degrees in law and commerce (accounting) at Victoria University of Wellington.
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.
TORI MCGAUGH BLAW, BBUS
Tori joined BuckettLaw in 2019 after 15 years of working for large corporate firms in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australasia.
Tori holds a depth of experience in employee relations, and supports clients across the entire employment cycle. She has a wealth of experience in change management processes around restructure, joint ventures and mergers/aquisitions and specialises in best practice employment relations documentation such as employer/contractor agreements, policies and procedures and compliance. She also brings expertise in navigating performance and conduct issues and investigations, providing pragmatic and clear guidance.
Having worked in-house at Deloitte, Virgin and various exchange trading firms, Tori has a deep understanding of business mechanics and how the employment relationship is intertwined in this.
Hailing from Auckland originally, Tori describes herself as an ex-expat who has come home to enjoy New Zealand with her family. She loves wine, food and is a keen paddleboarder and (very) amateur runner.
DANIEL NAIDU LLB, BCOM
Daniel joined BuckettLaw in 2019 after completing his degrees in law and commerce (economics) at Victoria University of Wellington.
He has a broad range of experience across employment law, working on many cases involving unjustified dismissals, COVID-related issues, restructure processes and workplace bullying.
Since joining BuckettLaw Daniel has been involved in intensive preparation for mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.
Daniel’s approach is considered and strategic, and he is focussed on providing clear and pragmatic advice to his clients.
Daniel grew up in Fiji, where he has worked as an attaché journalist and legal intern in its interesting legal environment.
Daniel is a keen tennis player and qualified tennis coach. He also enjoys travelling, reading and awaiting the Blues’ next Super Rugby title.
Annika joined the BuckettLaw team at the end of 2019, as our Legal and Administrative Assistant. She is presently studying towards a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University and is in her third year.
Annika keeps us all in line and is the first point of contact into the firm. She manages all office administration, client scheduling, filing, mediation organisation and everything in between!
Annika hails from the Wairarapa. She enjoys spending time with friends and attending events in and around Wellington.
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, contact us for an initial 15-minute complimentary consultation.
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. Bucket Law are professional, empathetic and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Keep it up team, a huge thanks from my family and I!”Lisa KayOWNER, TORA BAY WINES
“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 Buckett Law 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, Buckett Law.”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 Buckett Law.”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.”Jonathan
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