Senior Associate, Wellington

Holly Hedley

Holly Hedley


Holly specialises in health, employment and privacy law.  Her health expertise includes advising on treatment and consent issues, mental health, health information privacy, adverse events and health related litigation such as coronial investigations and judicial review.  She also has a wide range of employment experience, including advising on dismissal, redundancy, performance management and bullying as well as advising on health and safety issues and incident response.  She has experience as an independent employment investigator and has special expertise in privacy and Official Information issues as well as human rights law.  Holly regularly provides training and seminars on health, employment and privacy topics.  She was a contributing author in New Zealand's first Elder Law text book and in the Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa project.

  • Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Health Law Committee
  • LLM Global Health Law (with distinction) - Georgetown Law, USA
  • New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholar

Work highlights

Acting as in-house counsel for several large District Health Boards

providing advice on urgent treatment and consent issues and a full range of other health and general issues

Acting as an independent investigator

including in investigations into bullying and sexual harassment

Advising District Health Boards, tertiary education providers and others

on the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act

Representing District Health Boards and individual practitioners in Coronial Inquests

Advising various clients

on the management of privacy requests, complaints and potential breaches

Advising and training clients

on health and safety matters, including assisting clients to manage and respond to serious accidents and subsequent WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions

Alternate contacts

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

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

  • DDI +64 4 462 0439
  • M +64 21 279 2147


Nicola Cuervo

Special Counsel, Wellington

Nicola specialises in health law, information privacy, managing complaints, employment and industrial relations, and dispute resolution…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7325
  • M +64 21 820 749