Charlotte Kerr

Senior Associate

As an expert in medico-legal litigation, Charlotte advises on a range of health-sector matters and regularly provides professional indemnity advice to an array of health practitioners facing disciplinary action.

In addition, Charlotte regularly advises architects and engineers who encounter disciplinary complaints and breach of contract, negligence, and/or professional liability claims. She has broad experience advising on a variety of civil litigation matters.

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Charlotte has appeared before the Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, Coroner’s Court, various specialist tribunals and the New Zealand Parole Board.

She has vast experience in ACC law, Mental Health Act proceedings and criminal proceedings, having previously worked for a boutique personal injury law firm and as a duty solicitor on the mental health roster for multiple District Health Boards.

Charlotte has developed a solid understanding of her clients’ needs and provides solution-focused advice that is considerate, robust and pragmatic.

Recent highlights

  • Defending health practitioners facing professional misconduct charges before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

  • Representing a nurse director in two high-profile coronial inquiries.

  • Representing a restricted patient in an appeal of their status under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.

  • Representing an engineer facing a breach of contract and professional negligence claim at mediation.

Charlotte's insights

Limitation of liability clauses upheld by the High Court

18 April 2024

Chambers and Partners - Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 New Zealand chapter

23 February 2024

Tanya Wood features in Sparke Helmore's 2023 Construction Update

20 December 2023

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They drive our client relationships and connections with our community, and underpin our achievements.


  1. Lead provider of legal aid (civil and family).
  2. Member of the Auckland Medico-Legal Society.

  3. Member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.

  4. Member of the New Zealand Animal Law Association.


  1. Recipient of New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

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