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Specialist healthcare and medico-legal team joins Wotton + Kearney in New Zealand

Wotton + Kearney is delighted to announce that a substantial new healthcare and medico-legal team, including three partners, joined its Australasian healthcare practice on 1 January 2019 based in Auckland and Wellington.

Partners Sean O’Sullivan, Aimee Credin and Adam Holloway, Senior Associates Murray Grant and Victoria Waalkens, and Solicitor Rebecca Daley have joined Wotton + Kearney from a well-known international law firm. The addition of the six new team members brings Wotton + Kearney’s healthcare practice to 20 lawyers. Wotton + Kearney has also been appointed by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), the leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, as its new panel firm of solicitors in New Zealand.

This new team continues the growth story for Wotton + Kearney after welcoming experienced financial lines lawyer Peter Coggins as a Special Counsel in Brisbane and coinciding with the internal promotion of two new partners, Lesley Woodmore and Stan Tsaridis, four special counsel, Bhrig Chauhan, Dean Pinto, Hugh King and Scott Macoun, and five senior associates, Jackson Pannam, Joseph Vermiglio, Julia Whitehead, Natasha Cannon and Sam McNally also on 1 January 2019. The NZ professional liability team will also shortly be joined by Michael Cavanaugh, Senior Associate, coming from McElroys. Wotton + Kearney now has 32 partners and more than 150 insurance lawyers in total across six locations in Australia and New Zealand.

David Kearney, Wotton + Kearney’s Chief Executive Partner, said:

“We are excited to have this very experienced healthcare and medico/legal team join our specialist insurance practice led in New Zealand by Antony Holden, and delighted to be able to support the members of the MPS. Healthcare is a growth area for our firm and the addition of Sean, Aimee, Adam and their team reinforces our credentials as the leading insurance firm in Australia and New Zealand – one that’s known for our practical yet highly skilled lawyers and for shaping the future of insurance law.”

Collectively the six new team members have considerable experience advising insurers, medical professionals and health authorities across all insurance issues in the healthcare sector and affecting medical professionals and providers, including medical indemnity, professional misconduct, privacy matters, disciplinary matters and other investigations, hearings and inquests.

Sean O’Sullivan, speaking for the new team, said:

“Our objective in moving to Wotton + Kearney is to be part of a firm within which our healthcare team can flourish and we can continue to grow our expertise and provide our clients with the very best advice and support as they navigate the complex issues facing the healthcare sector. As a specialist insurance firm, we are confident Wotton + Kearney provides the best expertise and opportunities for collaboration, and represents a genuine home for our team and our clients.”

You can view detailed profiles of our new partners from the links below.

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