Rachel has long been interested in the intersection between the legal and health sectors. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canterbury in 2016, she followed that line of interest and relocated to Sydney where she completed a Master of Health Law at the University of Sydney (graduating in 2018).
While completing her postgraduate studies, Rachel gained experience working in the medical negligence litigation team of a large New South Wales personal injury law firm. This experience gave her an understanding of the complexities of a wide range of legal proceedings, and an appreciation of the fact that those complexities are often heightened when the healthcare of an individual is involved. After returning to New Zealand, Rachel spent time working for a third-party administrator of accredited employers, which entailed managing personal injury claims, in line with the ACC legislation.
Since joining Claro in January 2020, Rachel continues to assist her colleagues on a wide range of legal issues relevant to the health sector.
Rachel’s experience includes
- Assisting senior counsel in statutory reviews and appeals under the Accident Compensation Act 2001.
- Advising on, and preparing statements in response to, Health and Disability Commissioner inquires and investigations.
- Assisting senior counsel in both prosecuting and defending health professionals on professional misconduct charges before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
- Assisting senior counsel in representing healthcare providers and individual health practitioners in Coroner’s inquests.
- Instructing and working with expert witnesses, often on involved and technical medical issues.
- Advising on applications for treatment orders under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1998.