Clark moves to Kensington Swan

February 25th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Kensington Swan have announced:

Lawyer, public policy expert, and political commentator is joining the Kensington Swan’s Public Law team as a Special Counsel. 

“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.

Chief Executive Alastair Carruthers said, “Linda’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.”

Prior to becoming a lawyer Linda 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 Linda covered five elections. Since 2006 she has been a sought after political commentator and election night panellist while studying and now practising law. 

That’s a real coup for Kensington Swan. Linda’s one of the sharpest people I know.

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13 Responses to “Clark moves to Kensington Swan”

  1. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Thanks for this life saving information DPF….

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  2. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    I just remember her as a leftie hack on RNZ……..

    …..repeating the unchallenged Aotearoan lie…….”maoris and Pacific Islanders lack access to public health services….”

    In English that’s translated as “Can’t be arsed to take their kids or themselves to attend a follow up appointment”

    There was never a “lack of access”, but failure always had to be blamed on the children of the colonial masters for the ills of the current under class.

    Not sharp at all.

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  3. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Pleased you think so!
    Never trusted her, and will avoid Ken Swan.

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  4. IC5000 (113 comments) says:

    “Paulus (2,211 comments) says:

    Pleased you think so!
    Never trusted her, and will avoid Ken Swan.”

    No hard at all Paulus considering they’re a top tier commercial law firm and steer clear of indictable criminal matters funded through legal aid.

    I was at VUW law school at the same time as her and thought it was a gutsy move to ditch a highly established career as a political reporter for law. Doubt she would be doing any grunt work as a new grad though.

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  5. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Has left top tier for second tier.

    Work it out.

    kowtow

    I’ll take a lie down now after realising that I agree with your comment. You must have worn your knees down to little stumps praying extra hard.

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  6. lilman (959 comments) says:

    This woman is an example of the best of a poor bunch of women in professional ranks,she is compromised across many sections of her work experience.

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  7. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    She claimed on The Panel that what Dr Hugh Barr said re foreshore and seabed legislation (forgotten exactly) was [oh it's] rubbish, absolute rubbish… It doesn’t mean that. So what’s the verdict?

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  8. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    So what if she has gone ‘down’ to a second tier firm. She is probably being paid more per hour while avoiding partnership (‘special counsel’ is probably like being a super associate). Kensington Swan is obviously chuffed with their catch – she is splashed right across their home page.

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  9. tvb (4,424 comments) says:

    Yes I see it as a move to a second tier firm and not a partner. Obviously her prospects with her previous firm were not that bright. I am sure she is a very bright person but I am unclear on her effectiveness as a lawyer. This move does not signal anything that flash. She strikes me as a person of strong convictions and that does not sit easily with being a lawyer giving objective advice

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  10. Daigotsu (458 comments) says:

    Never heard of her

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  11. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    I’ll have make an appointment at the opticians David.

    I thought your post said. “Helen Clark becomes beautiful swan” :)

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  12. Daphne Whitethigh (13 comments) says:

    Large law firms are the worst career choice for women. She could do so much better than this.

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  13. tvb (4,424 comments) says:

    As a journalist she was a fighter for the underdog and a tester of politicians and corruption in high places etc etc. There is plenty of scope for people in law who have those strong convictions but not in a commercial law firm acting for corporate clients (who can pay enormous fees).

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