As an experienced barrister and solicitor, Bernard is passionate about the law, its application and its evolution.
Bernard is Head of ACC Services at FairWay. FairWay’s ACC Services include facilitation, mediation, conciliation, and independent reviews of decisions made by ACC. Within this role, Bernard manages the operation of our ACC services, leading the team with a focus on delivering a high-performance, innovative and quality service. Bernard is always willing toprovide technical guidance from a legal perspective. Bernard is also involved in engagement with the wider ACC sector, including lawyers, consumer advocacy groups and representatives from ACC.
Bernard joined the FairWay team in 2012 as a Reviewer, but he has also worked as an adjudicator in our Financial Dispute Resolution Service and as a Technical Lead in our ACC review services, before moving into a Client Director role at FairWay in 2017. Bernard is known for his solution focused approach, and he played a key role in FairWay’s service delivery improvement programme.
With over 20 years’ experience as a litigator and negotiator, Bernard knows the importance of objectivity. He believes that is important for legal professionals to listen, to question legal thinking and challenge the application of the law. Before moving to New Zealand, Bernard ran his own practice in South Africa and was involved in several high-profile employment law cases.
Bernard is enrolled as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, and was also admitted as a solicitor in the Republic of South Africa.