Noon Sefton

Senior Associate

Noon has been working in health law and professional regulatory frameworks for a number of years, both in law firms and regulatory bodies. She has developed specialist knowledge in the medico-legal area, particularly in the professional disciplinary space.

Noon’s background is in general litigation and throughout her legal career, she gained valuable perspectives from various roles. She is well-versed in looking at a situation from different angles to try to understand it fully. With different perspectives in mind, she places importance on responding to a situation responsibly, but with empathy and understanding.

While working as an in-house investigator and legal adviser at a regulatory authority, she acquired an insight into the roles of regulatory authorities, the challenges they face, and the purpose of professional disciplinary processes.

In her previous role at DLA Piper, Noon’s practice was centred around instructions from the Medical Protection Society, a large indemnity provider for doctors. These instructions spanned advisory work on privacy and consent matters to public law proceedings (judicial review) and quasi-disciplinary and disciplinary work before the jurisdictions of the Health and Disability Commissioner, the Medical Council of New Zealand, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Coroner’s Court, the Privacy Commissioner, and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Noon values building successful professional relationships with those in the medico-legal area. She held a Committee role with the Wellington Medico-Legal Society and the Health Law Committee of the NZ Law Society (Wellington Branch). Noon is skilled at building rapport and is familiar with the public sector environment.

Noon’s experience includes

  • Assisting the Medical Protection Society and its members – advising and representing practitioners on professional issues arising in their clinical roles
  • Acting for health practitioners on issues of concerns with regulatory authorities involving conduct, competence or fitness to practice
  • Advising health practitioners on their response to investigations conducted by Professional Conduct Committees
  • Representing practitioners before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Assisting health practitioners with their responses to complaints made with the Health and Disability Commissioner and investigations conducted by the Commissioner
  • Advising clients on Coroner’s inquiries and appearing at Coroner’s inquests
  • Advising health practitioners on regulatory requirements, overlapping complaints jurisdictions and processes, and responding to employers’ investigations
  • Advising Professional Conduct Committees appointed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand 
  • Assisting senior counsel in prosecutions before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal 
  • Acting in an advisory capacity to a Registrar/Chief Executive on legal, risk and policy issues 
  • Defending health and safety prosecutions on instructions from liability insurers
  • Acting as a Senior Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman on Systemic Improvements Investigations relating to the Ministry of Health’s practices for the intellectual disability sector and Oranga Tamariki’s practices for newborn removal