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Buddle Findlay

Work +64 4 499 4242
Fax +64 4 499 4141
SP 20201
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Hamish Kynaston

Work + 64 4 462 0439
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Empolyment and health and safety; Litigation; Health.


Partner. Specialises in employment relations, dispute resolution, commercial litigation, judicial review, sport, health and safety and education. For details about Hamish's work highlights see here -


Much of Hamish’s work is in the central government, health, education, sport, financial services and energy sectors. He has a particular interest in industrial relations, and assisting employers manage change and other complex issues in a way that does not result in litigation or reputational damage. He is also experienced as an independent investigator, primarily for the New Zealand Police.

Hamish advises employers and individuals on all aspects of employment law, including dismissal, redundancy, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts, performance management, bullying, harassment and stress, health and safety, holidays and leave, discrimination and privacy.

He is an experienced litigator and appears regularly in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, and at mediation. Hamish has also acted on a range of matters contested in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and at arbitration.

He advises health care providers, tertiary institutions and regulatory bodies on their statutory, public law and contractual obligations. He also advises sports organisations and professional and industry associations on their rules and disciplinary processes.


• Member of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee
• Trustee, Hauora Waikato Māori Mental Health and Ngā Ringa Awhina Trusts


• LLB (Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington)
• Admitted New Zealand 1996
• LEADR trained mediator

New Zealand

Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Hamish Kynaston - Buddle Findlay

Within: Labour and employment

Buddle Findlay¬†is 'smart and pragmatic, with a deep understanding of the issues, and is very pleasant to deal with at all levels'. One client calls it 'first class in all respects and excellent value for money; the advice is strategic as well as tactical'. The firm predominantly acts for large corporate employers in complex employment, industrial relations, and health and safety matters.¬†Peter Chemis¬†leads the national practice from Wellington and is ‚Äėpractical, commercial‚Äô and 'clearly has deep knowledge'. He advised Hawke's Bay District Health Board on health and safety matters following a¬†gastroenteritis outbreak. The 'calm, smart and business-savvy'¬†Hamish Kynaston,¬†who leads the¬†Wellington litigation practice, advised New Zealand Post on changes to working patterns following a change to its business model. In Auckland, Sherridan Cook¬†is 'astute and presents in a calm, reasoned manner, which is extremely effective when dealing with emotional issues'. Star senior associate Mere King¬†is 'knowledgeable, efficient, smart and great to deal with'.¬†Christchurch-based¬†Susan Rowe¬†handled a strike action on behalf of Hurunui District Council.

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