Partner, Wellington

Peter Chemis

Peter Chemis


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

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 various multi-nationals.

In the public sector his clients include District Health Boards, Universities, Polytechs and various government departments and agencies.

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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