Senior Associate, Wellington

Diana Thomas

Diana Thomas


Diana specialises in public law and advises government departments, Crown entities and private clients on a range of public, regulatory and commercial matters.

Diana regularly advises clients on statutory decision making, compliance with legal obligations, and the legislative process.

Diana played a leading role in drafting and negotiating essential health sector agreements, and also advises on the commissioning of critical health services including primary health care, age related residential care, and community pharmacy.

In addition, Diana advises clients on the establishment of new public sector entities (such as Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, and Te Pūkenga).

She also has specialist expertise in the regulation of therapeutic products, and in the tertiary education sector.

Prior to working at Buddle Findlay, Diana worked at the Takeovers Panel.

Work highlights

Secondment at Te Whatu Ora

as principal solicitor - public law

Taking a lead role in the drafting and negotiation

of a significant emergency service agreement

Advising on the regulation of therapeutic products

including preparing drafting instructions for the Therapeutic Products Bill (now Act), and supporting a range of private and public sector clients and industry associations to understand the implications of the Therapeutic Products Act

Advising the Tertiary Education Commission

on the development and implementation of the Government's fees-free tertiary education initiative

Advising on the establishment of the Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand

including the interim entities

Advising the Tertiary Education Commission

on the implementation of its Reform of Vocation Education