Nicola specialises in health law, information privacy, managing complaints, employment and industrial relations, and dispute resolution, and has particular expertise in the public health sector.
She has held senior in-house legal roles in the public and health sectors, and has a strong sense of what our clients want from their legal advisors. Recent achievements include her work in Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water and as counsel in a high-profile High Court defamation trial.
As a health lawyer, Nicola specialises treatment issues (including consent to treatment, competency issues and mental health), health information privacy, HDC investigations, Coronial inquiries, in managing complaints and adverse events, and the regulation of health professionals.
As an employment lawyer, Nicola is an expert in disciplinary processes, bullying and harassment investigations, restructuring, personal grievances, and alternative dispute resolution.
Nicola has significant in-house experience, having been Principal Legal Advisor, Employee Relations at New Zealand Police and General Counsel at the national office of New Zealand's District Health Boards.
In addition to her New Zealand experience, Nicola has worked in London as in-house counsel to investment banks. She has a post-graduate qualification in viticulture and wine science and has recently completed a post-graduate qualification in Spanish.
Representing the Attorney-General
on behalf of New Zealand Police in a high-profile High Court defamation trial
Representing a District Health Board
at an Inquest in the Coroner’s Court
Undertaking a three-month secondment
to a Government Department as senior in-house counsel
Appearing before the Government Inquiry
into Havelock North Drinking Water for Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
Advising public and private health providers
on a broad range of issues including health information privacy issues, Health and Disability Commissioner investigations and reports, mental health, provision of services, and employment issues
at mediation and in the Employment Relations Authority