Paul White

Barrister Sole

Phone: +64 21 322 320

Practice areas

  • Medico-legal
  • Health and safety
  • Employment
  • ACC
  • Insurance
  • Privacy
  • Coroner Inquiries/Inquests
  • Civil litigation
  • Professional discipline


Paul practises across a range of areas, but has a particular focus on medico-legal matters where he utilises his past experience and training as a doctor to his clients’ advantage, He has also acted on some of New Zealand’s most high profile health and safety matters including the Mangatepopo Tragedy in 2008, the 2011 Auckland Gas Explosion, and the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Throughout Paul’s legal career he has appeared as counsel in all levels of the New Zealand judicial system, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Paul is regularly instructed to act for DHBs, private hospitals, health professionals and insurers, as well as a range of other corporate clients and individuals who value his clear and practical advice in addition to his advocacy in a court or alternative dispute resolution setting.

Paul accepts instructions through solicitors, but is also able to act on a number of matters without an instructing solicitor in certain areas.

Professional history

2014 – Barrister, Quay Chambers
2010 – 2014Barrister, Victoria Chambers
2003 – 2009Senior Solicitor, Chapman Tripp
2000 – 2002 Medico-legal advisor, NZMP Insurance
1999 – 2000 Resident Medical Officer, Manor Hospital, Bedford, UK
1997 – 1998 Resident Medical Officer, Royal Hobart Hospital, Australia
1996 – 1997 House Surgeon, Health Waikato

Professional memberships

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Auckland District Law Society’s Health and Safety Committee
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association (NZILA)
  • Auckland Medico-Legal Society