Gaeline Phipps2018-02-19T12:58:11+00:00
Gaeline Phipps
Gaeline PhippsBarrister

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

A protection model for victims of abuse

As a result of prosecuting the case against the Principal at the school where Mr James Parker (known as New Zealand’s worst paedophile) was employed, Gaeline became keenly interested in developing effective tools and a model of practice to assist professional leaders and others in workplaces to detect and safeguard vulnerable persons (such as patients and children) from abuse.

The model draws on her experience in prosecuting and defending professionals who allegedly abused others, along with research on grooming behaviour. The paper was presented at the ANZELA Conference in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2015 and included a segment by Katie Laidlaw from the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.  

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GAELINE PHIPPS

Gaeline has over 25 years of experience representing and advising individuals and organisations.

After graduating from Victoria University, she worked for the Public Service where she gained valuable insight into the state sector.

She then secured a position at Rainey Collins as staff solicitor. Established in 1919 Rainey Collins has a strong reputation for its litigators, including Sir Thaddeus McCarthy, Richard (Dick) Collins and Dr David Collins QC (a past New Zealand Solicitor-General and now High Court Judge).

During Gaeline’s time at Rainey Collins she gained extensive Court experience, primarily in the Insurance, Criminal and Family jurisdictions.

Gaeline became an Associate, then first woman Partner of Rainey Collins. She expanded her litigation experience by appearing before New Zealand’s Court of Appeal and the Privy Council in the United Kingdom. She joined the independent bar in 2000. Her experience provided a solid grounding for the work she now specialises in, that being the field of professional accountability involving cases where the conduct of professional persons is inquired into due to circumstances that arise in their place of work or personal life. She receives instructions to prosecute, defend and provide advice to quasi-judicial bodies.

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Seminars and workshops for professional groups on dealing with complaints, conducting robust and fair investigations, compliance with law and ethical requirements, latest cases, recognising risk, systems approaches to harm, how the previous law allowing for physical punishment was applied, preparing a file and asking questions when acting in a judicial capacity, to name but a few of the topics.

Gaeline Phipps has written a monthly column in NZ Doctor magazine for more than 15 years.

Recent and Notable Cases

  • Ramstead v R [1999] 1 NZLR 513
  • R v Yogasakaran [1990] 1 NZLR 399.
  • Green v Matheson – [1989] 3 NZLR 564
  • H v Director of Proceedings [2003] NZCA 125; [2003] 3 NZLR 289 (25 June 2003).
  • M R W v The Professional Conduct Committee HC WN CIV-2006-485-2225 [2007] NZHC 1495 (18 December 2007).
  • The Commerce Commission v The Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand Incorporated and Others, High Court Wellington, CIV-1997-485-34 [1 March 2004] (see also CP354/97).
  • H v Director of Proceedings HC Wellington AP301/01 [2002] NZHC 1401; [2002] NZAR 513 (22 April 2002).
  • E v Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (unreported), Wellington High Court, Goddard J 12 April 2001
  • Knight v Poulson, High Court Auckland, 7 June 2005 CIV 2005-404-140.
  • Richardson v Teacher Registration Board, High Court Wellington, 11 June 1999
  • Beck v Ministry of Transport (MOT), unreported High Court Wellington, 4 September 1991.
  • Matthews v Accident Compensation Corporation; Scott v Accident Compensation Corporation [2005] NZACC 146 (5 May 2005).
  • Blackford v Accident Compensation Corporation [2006] NZACC 200 (15 August 2006)
  • Wilson v Accident Compensation Corporation [2005] NZACC 102 (30 March 2005).
  • Purdie and another v Harper [2004] NZACC 129 (27 April 2004). .
  • Johnson v Accident Compensation Corporation [2001] NZACC 37 (2 March 2001).
  • Mitchell v Mitchell [1991] NZFLR 7. .
  • Richardson v Teacher Registration Board [2000] DCR 595
  • Mrs C v Teacher Registration Board [2000] DCR 803
  • S v Complaints Assessment of the New Zealand Teachers Council, CIV-2014-009-000426, DCJ R Neave, 2 October 2014
  • J v Accident Compensation Corporation [2007] NZACC 73 (17 April 2007).
  • Estate of S H v Accident Compensation Corporation [2006] NZACC 288 (17 November 2006).
  • B v Accident Compensation Corporation [2006] NZACC 38 (15 February 2006).
  • S v Nursing Council of New Zealand, High Court Wellington, CP68/92, 12 February 1992
  • S v New Zealand Teachers Council [2013] DCR 233.
  • National Standards Committee v P [2012] NZLCDT 12 (31 May 2012)
  • Pl [2011] NZHPDT 392 (21 June 2011).
  • S [2009] NZHPDT 275 (27 July 2009).
  • National Standards Committee v AB [2012] NZLCDT 8 (11 April 2012).
  • Wellington Standards Committee v T [2012] NZLCDT 34 (23 November 2012
  • H [2001] NZMPDT 163 (4 July 2001)
  • T [2009] NZHPDT 234 (12 June 2009. .
  • S [2003] NZMPDT 241 (4 August 2003). .
  • XYZ [2003] NZMPDT 232 (13 June 2003).
  • H [2003] NZMPDT 238 (25 July 2003).
  • A [2005] NZHPDT 2 (15 February 2005).
  • Q [2015] NZHPDT 718 (27 July 2015).
  • S [2014] NZHPDT 623 (17 April 2014).
  • A [2005] NZHPDT 18 (30 September 2005
  • K [2006] NZHPDT 53 (25 July 2006
  • J [2006] NZHPDT 54 (25 July 2006)
  • E [1999] NZMPDT 79 (8 July 1999)
  • C v S [2008] NZHRRT 17 (11 August 2008)
  • R v V [2009] NZHRRT 14 (17 June 2009)
  • S [2013] NZHPDT 587 (2 December 2013)
  • B v Accident Compensation Corporation [2008] NZACC 124 (23 June 2008)
  • Re C 2007 20071119 Coroners Court Coroner Savage
  • Re S Coroners Court,11 May 2007

Other appearances did not result in reported decisions.

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