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 a full range of advice on health, privacy, employment and other legal issues that arise within the DHB and health sector environment

Advising employers and others on COVID-19 implications

addressing the complex employment, human rights, privacy and health and safety issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including advice about mandatory vaccination and testing within workforces

Acting as an independent investigator

including in investigations into bullying, sexual harassment and other employment and governance matters

Advising on human rights implications and necessary steps for employers implementing 'affirmative action' policies

Implementing the Privacy Act 2020 and assisting clients responding to breaches

providing advice, training and guidance on the Privacy Act 2020 and assisting clients with the management of significant privacy breaches

Representing District Health Boards and individual practitioners in Coronial Inquests

including in various high profile and complex Inquests dealing with issues of suicide, family violence, abuse and addiction

Alternate contacts

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

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…

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


Catherine Miller

Special Counsel, Auckland

Catherine specialises in health, education, privacy and commercial law. She advises a wide range of public and private sector clients…

  • DDI +64 9 353 2047
  • M +64 21 753 517