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Buddle Findlay

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WPZ 0307
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Susan Rowe

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Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Litigation; Local government; Insurance; Employment.


Partner. Specialises in litigation, location government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. For details about Susan's work highlights see here -


Susan currently advises clients on a range of litigation issues arising in relation to the Canterbury rebuild. Susan provides advice on commercial contract disputes and construction contracts. She advises on insurance policy interpretation issues and advocates for clients in respect of disputed material damage and business interruption claims. Susan also advises councils, building owners and employers on issues relating to earthquake–prone buildings. Susan is an adviser to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and represents councils on local government and enforcement issues and judicial review.

Susan has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals in New Zealand and Australia, and at arbitrations and mediations.

Susan also specialises in employment law and advises public sector, corporate and individual clients on a wide range of employment and health and safety issues. She has represented clients in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.


• New Zealand Insurance Law Association
• Canterbury District Law Society representative


• LLB (First Class Hons)
• BA (University of Canterbury)
• Admitted in New Zealand 1998
• Admitted in New South Wales 2002

New Zealand

Labour and employment

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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