Partner, Wellington

Peter Chemis

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Profile

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team.  He 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.

  • Harvard trained mediator
  • LEADR trained mediator and member of LEADR’s advanced panel of mediators


Work highlights

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

Assisting KiwiRail

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

Representing KiwiRail

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

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Alternate contacts

Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0439
  • M +64 21 279 2147

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Sherridan Cook

Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland

Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution...

  • DDI +64 9 357 1858
  • M +64 27 545 9768

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Susan Rowe

Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3517
  • M +64 27 537 7784

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