The Employment Law Experts.


BuckettLaw is a strong team-based firm where the interests of our clients are paramount.

Buckettlaw's vision
and guiding principles.

We pride ourselves on fostering a positive team culture where diversity and acceptance of every team member’s differences are celebrated and are at the forefront of how we operate.

As a business, we value 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 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 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, workplace investigations, organisational change processes, health and safety compliance, restraint of trade issues, 90-day trial periods and confidentiality and privacy issues. Matt also has extensive experience in drafting employment relations documents such as employment agreements and organisational policies and procedures.

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 mediations, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.

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


Tori joined BuckettLaw in 2019 after 15 years of working for large corporate firms in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.

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 for the likes of 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 finally come home to enjoy New Zealand with her family.  She loves wine, food and is a keen paddleboarder and (very) amateur runner.

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although BuckettLaw is based in Wellington City, it services clients throughout New Zealand, with a focus on servicing employees and organisations in certain regions.

Wellington City.
Porirua City & wider North Wellington Area.
Kapiti Coast (Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati & Otaki ).
Lower Hutt & Upper Hutt.
Masterton City & wider Wairarapa Region.
Palmerston North City & wider Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

Hawkes Bay (Napier, Hasting & Havelock North).
New Plymouth & wider Taranaki Region.
Hamilton, Taupo & wider Waikato Region.
Tauranga, Rotorua & wider Bay of Plenty Region.

Nelson City & wider Nelson-Tasman Regions.
Blenheim & wider Marlborough Region.


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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.
Legal Representation & Advocacy
Workplace Conflicts and Disputes
Specialist Workplace Advice and Assistance
Mediation & Negotiation
Employment Relations Documents
Collective Negotiations & Bargaining
Disciplinary & Performance Issues
Restructures & Redundancies
Employment Investigations
Employment Law Compliance
Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination
Confidentiality & Privacy Issues
Health and Safety
HR & ER Audits & Advice
Medical Incapacity & ACC Issues
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.
P: +64 4 472 8600
E: reception@buckettlaw.co.nz

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