New Zealand



LangtonHudsonButcher is an employment law and industrial relations specialist law firm. The firm practices across all three of the main employment practice areas, including contentious, non-contentious and corporate transactional work. Managing partner Stephen Langton advises clients on a wide range of employment law and industrial relations issues.

Client feedback

“Responsive, understands our business risk appetite and provides pragmatic advice within that context.” – Labour and employment

“Responsive. Friendly. Creative. Provides advice beyond expectations.” – Labour and employment

“Responsive with pragmatic advice.” – Labour and employment

“Pragmatic, cost-effective advice combined with very strategic thinking and a substantial depth of knowledge in its field.” – Labour and employment

“All lawyers are very capable, competent and provide pragmatic advice.” – Labour and employment

“Focused on employment law only. Large, dedicated and highly-responsive team.” – Labour and employment

Emma Butcher

“Butcher is a great listener. She ensures that she has a clear understanding of the situation she is advising on. She understands our risk profile and incorporates that clearly into her advice. She knows how to coach my different leaders to get a great result, recognising their different skills and experience levels. Emma is amazing.”

Stephen Langton

“Responsive and available.”

“Energy, style, depth of knowledge, strategic style, litigation ability.”

“Langton is very intelligent and knows employment law well. He is pragmatic and offers solutions to tricky situations. I never have to second-guess his judgement or decisions. He is prompt, and efficient in his time, and is always available. You do not get sent off to juniors.”

“Personable, intelligent and efficient. Leads the firm well.”

Andrew Schirnack


“Pragmatic and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour.”

Labour and employment
Work highlights

Representing Restaurant Brands in legal proceedings concerning employee statutory minimum entitlements brought by the labour inspector from the Employment Relations Authority. This case was earmarked in 2019 as a case of interest by the employment court.

Representing GEA Process Engineering in long running proceedings at the Employment Relations Authority against a former employee for breaching his employment duties.

Key clients

Freightways, Godfrey Hirst NZ, Plan B, Vector