Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team. He is the National Chairman of Buddle Findlay and has been a partner of the firm for 24 years.
Peter works predominantly in the health, education, financial, energy and transport sectors. His experience spans both private and public sectors and he regularly advises clients on the employment and industrial aspects of large mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and organisational change.
In the private sector, Peter provides strategic industrial and employment advice to a number of large organisations, including Contact Energy, Chevron New Zealand, GE and ANZ National Bank.
In the public sector his clients include New Zealand’s District Health Boards, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Social Development, KiwiRail (including the Interislander), Massey University, Crown Law, Kiwibank, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Teachers Council.
Peter regularly appears in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal.
Peter is a well-known figure for employment advice in the M&A and restructuring context. Sources note his ability to "work closely with clients to get them the solutions they need."
- Harvard trained mediator
- LEADR trained mediator and member of LEADR’s advanced panel of mediators
Representing all 21 District Health Boards
in the Full Court of the Employment Court in a good faith bargaining case brought by the junior doctors union
with the merger of the rail infrastructure and transport business and the merger of the two senior management teams
Advising Chevron New Zealand
on the restructuring of its New Zealand workforce and the relocation of its head office from Wellington to Auckland, working through complex structural changes and job sizing issues and assisting in the design of contractually compliant relocation packages
Assisting all six New Zealand universities
in their MECA negotiations with three tertiary education unions
in a high profile case in the Employment Court involving drug use by a train driver
Representing a large meat company
in a novel industrial case against a union in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal