Lawyer - Employment

An exciting position has become available for an experienced lawyer to join our employment and health and safety team that forms part of our growing litigation team in Christchurch.  We are interested in someone who has two or more years relevant experience and is looking to specialise in employment law. 

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside Partner Susan Rowe, Special Counsel Shaun Brookes and the broader litigation team on a range of high-profile employment law matters.  In this role you can expect to receive exceptional mentorship, training, professional development, client contact and the chance to broaden your employment advocacy skills.

We pride ourselves on fostering strong client relationships and are well-known in the market for the high-quality advice we provide on a regular basis.  By joining the team, you'll work directly with private and public sector clients on the full range of employment law matters including:

  • Restructuring and outsourcing
  • Performance management, investigations, and dismissals
  • Negotiating and drafting employment agreements
  • Bullying, harassment, and personal grievances
  • Health and safety compliance and Worksafe investigations and prosecutions.

Our employment partners have extensive employment law experience and regularly run seminars on employment, privacy and health and safety issues.  Our national employment team is highly regarded and is one of the larger public sector employment law providers in New Zealand.

What matters to us

We value people who bring a different perspective, who are passionate, curious, and innovative.  To be successful in this role, you will ideally have:

  • Two or more years PQE in employment law within a private practice or in-house environment.  If you have a mixed background in employment and civil litigation, then we encourage you to apply
  • Curiosity about employment law matters and the impact they have on the commercial world in NZ and globally
  • A collaborative working style and enjoy operating in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and high-quality approach to the work you do.
What we offer

A career with us gives you the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and alongside some of New Zealand's leading legal talent to shape the future of business in NZ.  We offer a range of benefits that enable you to be the best you can be, including:

  • An extensive professional development programme
  • A range of leave benefits
  • Regular social and wellness events, charity initiatives, and opportunities to join various committees within the firm (eg, diversity and inclusion committee)
  • A competitive salary, health insurance benefits and an employee assistance programme.
To apply

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then apply by sending your CV and transcript to

If you would like to have a confidential chat about the role, the team, the work, or career progression opportunities, please reach out to Harri (talent attraction specialist from our people and culture team) on +64 9 363 0607 or at or connect with him on LinkedIn.

We look forward to you joining our team and being part of our success.

Together we grow, Ka tipu tahi tatau.


Buddle Findlay is recruiting directly for this position and are only accepting direct applications at this stage.