Mr Hamish Kynaston > Buddle Findlay > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
New Zealand

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

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Hamish KynastonBuddle 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.