Expertise

Health

We have a comprehensive understanding of the diverse issues affecting the health sector. Our work with a wide range of public and private health sector clients, and our focus on providing pragmatic advice and effective representation to them, makes us genuine health law specialists.

Overview

We have a leading health law team with specialist lawyers who have spent many years working with, and in, the health sector.  Our expertise in this sector is unmatched by any other major firm. 

We are committed to supporting health sector organisations to manage the vast array of legal issues that they face.  Our thorough understanding of our clients' legal obligations, the structure of the health sector, and the pressures and constraints facing our clients, means that our advice is relevant, practical, cost-effective, strategic and timely. 

Our broad range of health sector clients includes:

  • Public entities, including DHBs across New Zealand, the Ministry of Health, NZ Health Partnerships, Crown entities (such as the New Zealand Blood Service, Health Quality and Safety Commission, Health Promotion Agency and Pharmac) and Primary Health Organisations
  • Private providers such as aged care providers, community care providers, and private hospitals
  • Registration authorities such as the Medical Council and professional colleges such as the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Non-Government Organisations, including charities providing health services.

We regularly advise on matters relating to:

  • The provision of health services including the management of patient complaints, adverse events, and investigations or inquiries, and issues relating to competence, consent, and refusal (including assisting with court applications for treatment or other personal orders)
  • The regulation, management and governance of health services, funding contracts and procurement, and public law issues (including ensuring robust decision-making)
  • Health information management, including the collection, use and disclosure of information, privacy complaints, and compliance obligations relevant to new technologies and systems.

Within our employment, property, commercial and competition teams, we have experts who work extensively with our health sector clients.

 



Work highlights

Advising Adamantem Capital

on its acquisition of retirement village and aged care operator Heritage Lifecare

Appearing for a range of health sector and other clients in coronial inquiries

including the high profile Carterton Balloon Inquest

Assisting a District Health Board

in responding to provisional breach findings issued by the Health and Disability Commissioner, and successfully advocating for a final finding of no breach

Obtaining treatment orders and orders for living arrangements

under the Protection of Property and Personal Rights Act

Drafting the national Primary Health Organisation Services Agreement

(under which District Health Boards provide funding to Primary Health Organisations to deliver primary care services), and a back-to-back contract for use by Primary Health Organisations and General Practices

Advising District Health Boards

on various emergency management and earthquake response issues, including advising on building safety issues, and advising on the professional and ethical duties that health professionals have to assist in emergency situations
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Our team

Alastair Hercus

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies...

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Allan Yeoman

Allan Yeoman

Partner, Auckland

Allan specialises in providing transactional and contracting advice in the technology and media sectors. He works with a range of IT...

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David Thomson

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in corporate and commercial law.  His broad practice includes business acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures a...

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  • M +64 21 668 593

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Grant Dunn

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London...

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Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

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

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Lisette Hood

Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate legal advice to...

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  • M +64 27 220 5123

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Peter Chemis

Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team...

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  • M +64 27 444 6619

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Susie Kilty

Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure...

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  • M +64 21 792 134

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