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.


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

Representing Hawke's Bay District Health Board

before the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water

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

Advising a clinical team

on its management of a patient refusing all medical care while on a hunger strike

Assisting various clients

to obtain orders for treatment and for living arrangements under the Protection of Property and Personal Rights Act

Our team

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington

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

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Allan Yeoman

Partner, Auckland

Allan is a partner in Buddle Findlay's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team. He specialises in providing transactional,…

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David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, governance,…

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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

Partner, Wellington

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

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Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate governance and merge…

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Mere King

Partner, Auckland

Mere specialises in employment, industrial relations, health and safety, employee privacy matters, as well dispute resolution and litig…

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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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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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

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