Ms Susan Rowe > Buddle Findlay > Christchurch, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
PO BOX 322
New Zealand

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

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Labour and employment

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.