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Linda is a special counsel in our government and regulatory and dispute resolution teams. She helps clients resolve a wide range of disputes and problems and has particular expertise in public law, regulatory issues, media law and defamation.

Linda advises government and local government agencies and the private sector organisations that interact with them. Depending on the client, she works closely with in-house counsel, chief executives and board chairs. She also advises a diverse range of individual clients.

Linda was formerly a leading political journalist and she has a unique combination of legal and communications skills, as well as an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand political environment. She draws on all those skills to help clients find the most pragmatic and cost-effective solution to their problems, whether it’s by negotiation or mediation, or through traditional litigation.

She can also provide advice on crisis management. 

Linda is a board member of the New Zealand Book Council and the Wellington College board of trustees and a member of the NZ Police Independent Risk Assurance Committee. 

Admission Date: 2011

EXPERIENCE

Linda has advised: 

  • Rachel MacGregor in a claim to the Human Rights Tribunal following a breach of confidentiality by her formal employer, Colin Craig MP, relating to a previous sexual harassment case. The process tested the efficacy and integrity of the confidential Human Rights Commission dispute resolution process.
  • Serco Asia Pacific on all proceedings following the allegation of organised fights at Mt. Eden Corrections Facility. The extremely high profile case held global reputational risk for Serco and wider implications for private sector businesses delivering public services in New Zealand.
  • Whanganui District Council on potential judicial review proceedings that threatened a proposed wastewater project. Linda advised council staff and councilors to ensure all decision making was inoculated from risk of review and to ensure that proper consultation processes were followed.
  • John Campbell on managing all aspects of his high profile exit from MediaWorks (TV3).

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