Committee Members 2023
|Janet Anderson, President|
|Dr Francois Stapelberg, President Elect and Editor of Transactions|
|Dr Stephen Wood, Immediate Past-President|
|Catherine Miller, Secretary|
|Leo Farmer, Treasurer|
|Julie-Anne Kincade KC|
|Dr Brigid Connor|
|Vivienne Crawshaw KC|
|Judge Debra Bell|
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Janet was appointed as a relief Coroner in May 2020. Prior to this she specialised in human rights and medico-legal law. At the time of her appointment she was the Chief Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission. She has also worked extensively in the public health sector, providing advice on medical and privacy related matters.
President Elect and Editor of Transactions
Francois is a specialist anaesthetist in both private and public practice, holding appointments at Middlemore Hospital and the New Zealand National Burn Service, as well as a senior clinical lecturer at Auckland University. He has a special interest in burn education and serves on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association as President as well as the Chair of Education.
Stephen is a consultant radiologist working in public and private practice in Auckland. He has appointments Auckland District Health Board (body radiologist), Breastscreen Counties-Manukau and Auckland Radiology Group.
Catherine Miller is a senior solicitor at Buddle Findlay. Her practice involves a broad range of health and commercial work. Catherine provides advice to both public and private sector clients, including advice on commercial agreements, procurement processes, legal compliance, medico-legal issues, inquiries and investigations, policy development, and privacy. Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Catherine worked in- house at Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Leo joined the independent Bar in 2020, where he is a member of Shortland Chambers. Prior to joining the independent Bar, Leo was a Partner at Meredith Connell. Leo undertakes a range of litigation, for both private and public sector clients. His work includes deceased estate litigation for both executors and beneficiaries, as well as more general commercial and civil matters, including litigation under consumer protection and competition legislation.
Julie-Anne Kincade KC
Julie-Anne Kincade KC was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991. She was a criminal barrister in London until December 2005 when she moved to New Zealand. Initially she was employed by Meredith Connell as a Senior Solicitor. She joined the independent bar in 2013 and practices solely in criminal law. Since February 2016 she has been a member of Blackstone Chambers in Auckland. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel at the end of 2019.
Julie-Anne is a Council member of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) as well as being a member of the Criminal Law Committee of ADLS. She is a Faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills course.
As well as the Auckland Medico-Legal Society, she is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society, the New Zealand Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association and the Auckland Women Lawyers Association.
Dr Brigid Connor
She has special interests in vascular and oncology imaging. In addition to the Medicolegal Society she is on the executive of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and has served as an examiner for the European Board of Interventional Radiology. Brigid is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist in both public and private practice at Auckland Hospital and Auckland Radiology Group.
Vivienne Crawshaw KC
Vivienne Crawshaw has been in legal practice for over 30 years, predominantly specialising in all areas of family law, including relationship property and trusts. She has appeared on a number of leading cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has regularly presented for NZLS.
Judge Debra Bell
Debra was appointed a District Court Judge with a jury trial warrant in January 2023 and sits in the Auckland District Court.
Prior to that appointment she was a Coroner based in Auckland.
Previously she was a member of the Independent Bar and a Partner at Meredith Connell for some years.
Dereck is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in Obstetric Ultrasound. After 20 years as one of Auckland’s busiest private Obstetricians and a period of travelling and locuming, he is now working 4 days a week as a senior Obstetrician at Middlemore Hospital.