Gillian is an experienced litigator with a life-long interest in the legal and ethical issues that arise in the health and disability sector. Since joining the Claro team at the beginning of 2021, she has represented both public and private sector clients in the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, High Court and Coronial proceedings. She also provides advice to clients on a wide range of health care-related legal issues including complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner.
After graduating BA LLB from the University of Auckland and being admitted to the bar in 1997, Gillian headed to London where she started her legal career in immigration and employment law. Gillian requalified and was admitted to practice in England and Wales.
On returning to New Zealand, Gillian joined Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) in 2003 where she worked for the next ten years, predominantly in the commercial dispute resolution team, becoming a senior associate in 2005. Gillian acted for clients from a truly diverse range of sectors including local government, aged care, charities, food retail, forestry, banking and even an America’s Cup syndicate. She has appeared as counsel in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Court of Arbitration for Sport and in private arbitrations and mediations.
In 2018, Gillian graduated from the University of Otago with a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law (with Distinction) and was shortlisted for the University’s DG Jones Postgraduate Writing Prize in Bioethics.
Gillian is an excellent communicator. She enjoys developing trusted relationships with her clients and working collaboratively to find the solutions that best meet their needs.