New Zealand Law Society - Health and Disability Law Committee

Health and Disability Law Committee

The Health Disability Law Committee makes submissions on proposed changes in health law.

About us

The Health and Disability Law Committee was established in 2023 to monitor and comment on proposals for legislative, regulatory or other change, and contribute to advocacy in the areas of:

  • health and disability law; and
  • the accident compensation scheme.

It is led by co-convenors: one with expertise in accident compensation law, and one with expertise in health/medico-legal issues. Collectively, the Committee has a broad mix of experience and expertise across all areas of health, disability, and accident compensation law.

Our people

Peter Sara and Holly Hedley are co-convenors of the committee.

Peter is a specialist accident compensation lawyer based in Dunedin, with extensive experience at all levels of ACC reviews and appeals. Having been a legal aid provider, Peter is experienced with the issues facing the civil legal aid regime, and has worked with the Law Society to encourage lawyers into this area of practice.  

Holly is a Senior Associate at Buddle Findlay, specialising  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.

The committee is made up of a diverse and experienced number of practitioners:

  • Adam Lewis
  • Dr Jonathan Coates
  • Graham Beever
  • Iri Reuvecamp
  • Andrew Shaw
  • Brittany Peck
  • Benjamin Hinchcliffe
  • Brooke Fong
  • Ellie Wilson
  • Toby Cooper
  • Dr Paul White

For queries relating to this committee, please email our Senior Law Reform & Advocacy Advisor, Amanda Frank:

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