Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Buddle Findlay

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education.  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.