Senior Associate, Wellington

Rebecca Dudley-Cobb

Rebecca Dudley Cobb


Rebecca specialises in public sector legal support, including public sector contracting and procurement, and health and information law.

Rebecca regularly advises public sector clients on contracting and funding arrangements.  She also advises clients on Official Information Act and Privacy Act issues.  In the privacy space, she advises clients on their obligations relating to the collection, use, and sharing of personal information, privacy/information policies, and how to respond to privacy complaints.  Rebecca works with a range of incorporated societies and charities on governance issues, in particular development of, and compliance with, their constitutions.  Rebecca also has significant experience responding to a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Rebecca has specialist expertise in the health sector, where she advises Te Whatu Ora, the Ministry of Health and other public health sector agencies on a wide range of legal issues.

Work highlights

Advising Te Whatu Ora (and before that all District Health Boards) on significant national health contracts:

  • PHO Services Agreement (under which funding is provided for general practice and other primary health care services)
  • Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (between Te Whatu Ora and every community pharmacy provider in Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Age-related residential care contract, the mechanism for public funding of rest home care in New Zealand

Advising Te Whatu Ora on pay disparity and pay equity matters

including options for implementing NZ$200m of funding intended to reduce pay disparities between nurses and kaiāwhina employed by Te Whatu Ora and those employed in the funded health sector

Assisting the Ministry of Health

with its response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care, including extensive collaborative work with other government agencies involved in the response

Advising a range of government entities

on the Official Information Act, and in relation to Ombudsman investigations

Assisting organisations with a wide variety of privacy matters

including (most recently) reviewing the privacy policies of a large charity

Advising Sport New Zealand

on its board gender diversity target, and on subsequent issues relating to the achievement of that target