Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: Sorang/


Half a dozen health care lawyers from DLA Piper New Zealand’s Auckland and Wellington offices have left to join a local insurance specialist firm.

Partners Sean O’Sullivan and Adam Holloway in Wellington and Aimee Credin in Auckland join Wotton + Kearney, together with senior associates Murray Grant and Victoria Waalkens and solicitor Rebecca Daley.

The team specializes in disputes in the health care sector. O’Sullivan also specializes in disciplinary processes as well as employment and commercial disputes, while Holloway and Credin also focus on civil litigation.

O’Sullivan and Holloway were DLA Piper New Zealand lifers, having joined via Phillips Shayle-George in 1982 and DLA Phillips Fox in 2001, respectively. Credin joined DLA Piper New Zealand in 2014 after a year at local firm Grove Darlow & Partners and seven and a half years as a barrister.

“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,” said O’Sullivan in a statement.

With the addition of the six-lawyer team, Wotton + Kearney’s health care practice now has 20 lawyers.

Despite the departures, DLA Piper New Zealand still has more than 70 lawyers in its Auckland and Wellington offices. The firm was part of DLA Piper’s former Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox, which was absorbed by the global legal giant in 2011. The Australian firm’s New Zealand arm was not included in the combination but continued the alliance with DLA Piper under the DLA Phillips Fox name. In 2015, it rebranded itself as DLA Piper New Zealand but kept its financial independence.

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