Mr Peter Chemis > Buddle Findlay > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
New Zealand

Work Department



Partner. Specialises in employment law and industrial relations, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution. For details about Peter’s work highlights see here –


Peter has expertise 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 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.


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


• LLB (Victoria University of Wellington)
• Admitted New Zealand 1985

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

(Hall of Fame)

Peter ChemisBuddle Findlay

At Buddle Findlay, ‘every piece of advice is well researched and answered, and the team is practical and provides great response times‘. Its national employment and health and safety law practice predominantly acts for large corporate employers, both public and private, in complex employment and industrial relations issues, as well as handling health and safety compliance, WorkSafe investigations and enforcement actions. In Wellington, head of the firm’s national employment Peter Chemis has ‘a fantastic reputation‘, and Hamish Kynaston is highly regarded for his work in the public, health and education sectors. Sherridan Cook is the key partner in Auckland, where ‘fantastic‘ senior associate Mere King is a rising star. Susan Rowe leads the Christchurch employment team and is particularly known for strategic advice to local authorities and government agencies.