Legal issues facing health practitioners include contractual liability, negligence, and professional disciplinary matters. I have experience in all of these areas of the law, and have appeared in the Coroner’s Court, Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, and the regular courts. Interesting cases in which I have been involved include baby swap cases, hospital negligence and liability for asbestos-related disease (the “washerwoman” case).
The accident compensation scheme is a New Zealand creation, currently regulated by the Accident Compensation Act 2001. The statutory scheme is complex, and the appeal rules are very restrictive. I have conducted many appeals in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Judicial review is not normally available in accident compensation matters, but may occasionally provide an additional avenue of accountability. I have run a number of judicial review cases in this field.
I have also provided advice to accredited employers who take responsibility for managing accident compensation with their own employees. The relationship between employers and ACC is regulated by statute and contract, and can give rise to difficult issues. I have expertise in contract law, and in the operation of the legislation, as well as familiarity with the provisions of the partnership agreement.