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Crown Law Office appointments

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The Crown Law Office has made five appointments in its Crown Legal Risk Group.

Nicola Wills has been appointed Manager.

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Nicola Wills. 

Admitted in December 1987, Nicola was previously Director of Proceedings in the Health and Disability Commissioner’s office and also practised as a barrister in Thorndon Chambers.

She has experience as Adjudicator of the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal and Chair of Consumer NZ.

Jenny Catran has been appointed Manager.

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Jenny Catran. 

Jenny was admitted in June 2002. She has worked in other teams within Crown Law, at a national law firm and for New Zealand Police, and as an advisor on overseas projects in the Pacific including the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands, and as Crown Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in the Cayman Islands.

Kate Hutchinson has been appointed Crown Counsel.

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Kate Hutchinson. 

Kate was admitted in May 2000 and is an experienced senior public lawyer, with significant in-house government expertise.

She has also worked as in-house counsel in the public sector, including in management, and as a senior associate in the public law team of a national law firm.

Emily Lay has been appointed Crown Counsel.

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Emily Lay. 

She has been at Crown Law since May 2016, working across a broad range of matters in the various Public Law teams.

Emily was admitted in October 2012. Before joining Crown Law, she was a litigation solicitor at Inland Revenue and at Webb Farry previously.

Mark Bryant has been appointed as Crown Counsel.

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Mark Bryant.  

Mark was admitted in December 1999.Before his appointment he was seconded to Crown Law from Inland Revenue where he worked as a senior solicitor.

He has previously also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand and PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal in London.