Former TVNZ political editor, Chapman Tripp consultant, joins Kensington Swan

by 24 Feb 2014
In its second major appointment announcement of the day, Kensington Swan has just reported that lawyer, public policy expert and political commentator, Linda Clark, is joining the firm’s Public Law team as a special counsel.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Clark held some of the most prestigious positions in New Zealand journalism.  She was TVNZ’s political editor throughout the 1990s and later was host of Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon programme. As a political reporter, Clark covered five elections.

Since 2006 she has been a sought-after political commentator and election night panellist while studying and now practising law and was most recently employed as a consultant at Chapman Tripp.

“I am a public affairs junkie and am looking forward to helping solve clients’ problems through a range of public law, strategic communications and dispute resolution tools” she said.

Kensington Swan chief executive, Alastair Carruthers, says Clark’s combination of political, strategic and legal experience is unique and her networks in Wellington and across NZ are extensive.

“She has an extraordinary range of skills and her appointment strengthens our ability to find practical and rigorous solutions to any client problem.” 

Partner Hayden Wilson added, “In Public Law, you often need more than either legal or public or government relations skills to get results. Linda has them all.”

The news follows this morning’s announcement that Kensington Swan has appointed four new senior associates and three associates to its Auckland and Wellington offices.


  • by Duncan McKee 24/02/2014 2:15:06 p.m.

    I was at Vic Law School with her. Bright girl!