Linda joined Kensington Swan in 2014 as Special Counsel and has played a fundamental role in the continued growth of the Public Law and Advocacy team based in Wellington. Having had a hugely successful and high-profile career in journalism prior to becoming a lawyer has proved a huge advantage in helping Linda intimately understand the issues and potential risks her client’s face. Her unique skillset enables her to anticipate where the next problem is coming from and steer clients confidently to the most effective solution.
Linda has advised on many significant projects in New Zealand, acting for a wide range of public and private sector clients. She is considered a trusted advisor in the regulatory and government space, as well as working on a wide range of administrative law disputes and regulatory investigations.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Linda enjoyed a 20-year career in one of the most prestigious positions in New Zealand journalism. She was a well-respected political reporter, covering five elections as well as being a household name as TVNZ’s Political Editor throughout the 1990s and later the host of Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon programme. Even during her career as a lawyer, Linda has been a sought-after political commentator and election night panellist.
Chief Executive Charles Spillane said, “Linda has extraordinary expertise in judicial review, defamation, investigations and Coronial inquiries. Her unique brand recognition enables her to relate to clients easily and she has worked hard to develop her practice in a short space of time. It is fantastic to bring Linda’s knowledge, expertise, energy and commitment to delivering an unbeatable client experience.”
Partner and Board Member Hayden Wilson, head of the National Public Law team added, “Linda is a wonderful addition to the partnership, she has always brought great energy, drive, collaboration and leadership to the firm. She is comfortable taking responsibility for decisions and for managing high demand, high stress situations. It is fantastic to have her support alongside me as we continue to build and grow our thriving practice area.”