Michael Finucane

Senior Solicitor
BA, LLB (Hons)

Michael started his legal career in the commercial team of a major Auckland law firm. Subsequently he practised in-house in the Office of Legal Counsel within the Ministry of Justice. While at the Ministry, Michael continued to practise commercial law and developed expertise in public law. He has particular expertise in New Zealand Bill of Rights matters and liaising with regulators including the Ombudsman, Office of the Privacy Commissioner and New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

Michael joined Claro in May 2021 to further a longstanding interest in the health sector. During his University studies, Michael’s LLB(Hons) dissertation examined the accountability of health practitioners within New Zealand’s regulatory context, and earlier research reviewed the coronial laws restricting media reporting of suicide.

At Claro, Michael advises on a full range of medico-legal matters with a particular focus on commercial and public law. He regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on contracts for private healthcare providers, responsible authorities, digital health start-ups, and the public sector, and has extensive experience in contracts for services and IT contracting. Michael frequently assists private surgical hospitals and has specialist knowledge in drafting and advising on hospital bylaws and policies. More broadly, Michael advises healthcare providers on subjects including the Medicines Act, professional standards, Bill of Rights issues and privacy, as well as responding to investigations by the Health & Disability Commissioner. Michael has also appeared in the Human Rights Review Tribunal and Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Michael retains a keen interest in examining new areas and issues in the law, and particularly enjoys distilling technical legal regimes into clear, practical advice for clients.