Health and Ageing
Our dedicated health and aging industry specialists are experienced in various disciplines, and work together across practice groups to deliver commercial, practical, and cost-effective advice and solutions.
Our team has partnered with key players in this sector for many years, and our clients include district health boards (DHB), private health providers, medical suppliers, retirement villages, aged care facilities, health professionals, IT providers, medical assurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, tertiary institutions, and research organisations.
We advise on emerging industry trends, drivers for government policy and industry regulation, as well as day-to-day issues that organisations face.
How we help
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Supply and procurement
- Medical research
- Intellectual property
- Human resources and industrial disputes
- Health infrastructure
- Competition policy
- Medical malpractice
- Coronial inquests
- Risk management
- Commercial litigation
- Health policy and reforms
- Health information
Who can help
Partner - Intellectual Property
Chris heads the intellectual property team and brings significant expertise to his widely recognised IP practice. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation. He is repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer in leading legal directories including Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Managing IP and WIPR for a strategic and commercial approach to IP over a wide range of areas.
He advises clients in a broad range of industries including FMCG, fashion/apparel, publishing, food and beverage, liquor, advertising and marketing, retail, TMT, aviation, automotive, banking and financial services, entertainment, agriculture/horticulture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy.
With over 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of his practice. Chris brings his extensive commercial IP expertise to advise and develop IP strategy for a wide range of corporate transactions including M & A, joint ventures, licensing and other collaborations, as well as the impact on taking security over IP.
He also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios both nationally and internationally including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands and counterfeits strategies, coupled with extensive experience with the Fair Trading Act, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, passing off and trade mark oppositions. Chris’ expertise in IP dispute resolution and strategy sees him co-ordinate litigation strategy and provide strategic and technical advice to clients and supporting our litigation legal teams.
He also advises on film and television production acting for a range of major US studios. He advises on regulatory work in the pharmaceutical and other medical sectors.
Chris has extensive international networks including through the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Bar Association. He has been actively involved with INTA for many years and has been appointed to a range of INTA’s committees, including, having previously chaired INTA’s East Asia Pacific Famous Marks subcommittee and he is currently appointed to INTA’s Internet Committee, the Parallel Imports Committee and the Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council.
Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Mark is a corporate and commercial lawyer with broad corporate experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, commercial contract advice, NZX listing rules/takeovers code advice, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements. Mark also advises on Overseas Investment Office consent applications.
Mark has advised on numerous high profile New Zealand transactions in recent years, including the largest forestry transaction in New Zealand in a number of years, and the MediaWorks – NBCUniversal joint venture, which won Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 NZ Law Awards. Having advised on large merger and acquisition transactions for international financial institutions, in New Zealand, Europe and the United States, he is familiar with global trends.
Mark has particular experience advising clients in the media/technology, forestry, financial services and aged care/health sectors. Clients include MediaWorks, Campbell Global, Hastings Funds Management, Metlifecare, Southern Cross Hospitals and Bupa Group.
Partner - Employment and Public Law
Megan leads both the public law team and the Wellington employment team and acts for both public and private sector clients. She has practiced law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London, and sits on the partnership’s board.
Her practice traverses strategic, litigious and time-critical day-to-day advice on all aspects of Public law and Employment related law. Megan regularly acts for numerous government departments and crown entities (including central government education agencies).
Bringing significant experience to all employment related matters, Megan regularly advises on drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, minimum standards compliance, secondments, fixed term employment, KiwiSaver, collective bargaining, independent contractor arrangements, establishing business in NZ and recruiting staff, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations.
As a recognised expert in Employment law, Megan is on the Editorial Boards of employment publications and is also the co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter. As a recognised expert in Public Law, Megan is also an external member of the Legislation, Design and Advisory Committee (which is an appointment by the Attorney General).
Megan is also a Public Law expert and advises on exercise of statutory powers, legislative drafting, discrimination and judicial review proceedings, risk management and legal compliance and governance.
Megan’s leading expertise across Employment and Public Law is consistently noted in independent national and international peer guides, including Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.
She also has specialist expertise in PPPs having acted for the Ministry of Defence (UK) on their defence procurement and Railtrack plc on the privatisation of the UK railway.
Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Neil has broad corporate and commercial experience, in particular in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity area. He is also the leader of the firm’s privately-owned business team, responsible for the delivery of commercial services to our owner-operator clients.
With extensive and international experience, Neil advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and private equity, business sale, commercial and business transactions for a range of private equity players and corporate, SME and start up companies. He also advises on practical governance issues, director responsibilities and strategic issues for his clients.
Neil is also a specialist in the field of warranty and indemnity insurance, providing in-market assistance to a number of the key insurers and assisting buyers and sellers with advice in connection with policies and claims.
Partner - Property and Real Estate
Patricia leads the Wellington property team. She is a commercial property legal expert with experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Patricia advises both private and public sector clients on all aspects of commercial property, including property, development and leasing matters. She also provides advice to clients with national property portfolios and enjoys assisting clients with their strategic planning and vision for such portfolios. Patricia also has extensive experience in the development of precedent documentation for both landlord and tenant clients.
Patricia has worked on an extensive range of commercial transactions including major leasing projects for both public and private sector clients.
She has a wealth of experience advising on the sale and acquisition of major commercial properties. This includes undertaking due diligence investigations for vendors and purchasers, drafting contract terms and conditions, and negotiating complex development agreements and advising overseas companies investing in New Zealand property.
Her expertise extends to negotiating and drafting development agreements and construction documents for principals and tenants for commercial and mixed use buildings and advising on procurement and tender processes, including for tenant fit out, new build and refurbishment.
Some of Patricia’s clients include Z Energy Limited, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Precinct Properties Limited, Department of Corrections and the New Zealand Treasury.