Abigail Brand

Senior Solicitor

Abi has a number of years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution, primarily in the health sector. Her particular area of interest is the regulation of health professionals and services.

After graduating from the University of Canterbury, Abi began her legal career in Kensington Swan’s litigation team in 2009. This role provided her with the opportunity to work on a number of health law matters, including professional disciplinary matters prosecuted before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She was also involved in a variety of other matters including judicial review proceedings and large scale commercial disputes.

Abi travelled to Australia in 2012 and was admitted to the legal profession in Victoria. Initially, she practised as an Associate at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, and gained further valuable litigation and dispute resolution experience.

In 2014 Abi took the opportunity to pursue her interest in health law and joined the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This entity supports the 15 national boards representing the various health professions within Australia. Abi held a number of positions with AHPRA, most recently as an in-house legal advisor. In this role, Abi provided a range of advice concerning the conduct of investigations, the registration of health practitioners, decision making by the national boards, and the disclosure of information relating to the regulation of health practitioners. Abi was involved in a number of professional misconduct and appeal cases, which were determined by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. During her time at AHPRA, Abi also gained practical experience acting as an investigator appointed by the various national boards. In that position, she had responsibility for managing the most high-risk complaints requiring consideration of urgent interim action by the national boards.

Since moving back to New Zealand and joining Claro in March 2022, Abi has been representing clients in relation to prosecutions before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and advising on complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner.