Committee Members 2021

Member
Judge Robyn von Keisenberg, President
Dr Denys Court, Immediate Past President
Catherine Miller, Secretary
Leo Farmer, Treasurer
Dr Stephen Wood, President Elect and Editor of Transactions
Judge Sarah Fleming
Janet Anderson
Charles Hollings
Julie-Anne Kincade QC
Francois Stapelberg
Committee members can be contacted via the AMLS administrator at 
medico-legal@officeassistant.co.nz

Brief Bios

Robyn von Keisenberg

President

Robyn von Keisenberg was appointed as a District Court Judge with a Family Court warrant in 2020. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Robyn practised for many years specialising in all aspects of family law including relationship property, estates and children with a special interest in mental health and capacity issues. Robyn served for many years on the Mental Health Review Authority as Deputy Convenor.

Denys Court

Immediate Past President

Denys has 30 years’ experience in obstetrics and gynaecology in both the public and private sector. He is currently the Clinical Director of Secondary Maternity and Acute Services at Auckland City Hospital. 
Denys is also qualified in law and was previously the senior medico-legal Adviser in Auckland for the Medical Protection Society and a communication skills educator for Cognitive Institute. 
He has Fellowships of the Royal College of O&G, the Australasian College of O&G and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. 

Catherine Miller

Secretary

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 Farmer

Treasurer

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.

Stephen Wood

President Elect and Editor of Transactions

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 is a partner at Auckland Radiology Group, where is currently the managing partner.

Sarah Fleming

Sarah was appointed a district court Judge in 2000 and holds a family court warrant and also hears Judge alone criminal matters. Sarah is the executive Judge for the Auckland court where she is based.

Janet Anderson

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.

Charles Hollings

Julie-Anne Kincade

Julie-Anne Kincade QC 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.