Michael Finucane

BA, LLB (Hons)

Michael started his legal career in the commercial team of a major Auckland law firm before moving to an in-house role at the Ministry of Justice. While at the Ministry, Michael continued to practise commercial law and developed expertise in public law. He has particular expertise in New Zealand Bill of Rights matters and liaising with regulators including the Ombudsman, Office of the Privacy Commissioner and New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

Michael joined Claro in May 2021 to further a longstanding interest in the health sector. During his University studies, Michael’s LLB(hons) dissertation examined the accountability of health practitioners within New Zealand’s regulatory context, and earlier research reviewed the coronial laws restricting media reporting of suicide.

Here at Claro, Michael continues to practise both commercial and public law. He regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on contracts for private healthcare providers, responsible authorities, digital health start-ups, NGOs and DHBs, and has extensive experience in contracts for services, IT contracting, intellectual property and public-sector procurement. Outside of commercial law, he frequently assists providers with complaints from the Health & Disability Commissioner, and advises on Medicines Act issues, professional standards, Bill of Rights issues and privacy. Michael has detailed knowledge of the medicinal cannabis scheme, and particularly enjoys distilling technical legal regimes into clear, practical advice for clients.