Attorney-General appointed King’s Counsel

  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today the appointment of Attorney-General, Hon Judith Collins, as King’s Counsel.

“It is appropriate that the Attorney-General, as the senior law officer of the Crown, be appointed as King’s Counsel. This appointment is made with the Chief Justice’s concurrence.

“The Attorney-General, as first Law Officer, is recognised as a leader of the legal profession.

“Ms Collins’ appointment reflects her career achievements and the responsibility she holds on behalf of the Crown. I congratulate her on her appointment.”

As well as holding seven ministerial portfolios in the coalition Government, Ms Collins held a range of portfolios in the fifth National Government, including Police, Justice, Corrections and Revenue.

Prior to her election to Parliament in 2002, Ms Collins was a lawyer and company director. After being admitted to the Bar in 1981, she worked as a solicitor specialising in employment, property, commercial and tax law at a number of private firms. Ms Collins formed her own firm, Judith Collins & Associates, where she was a principal between 1990 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2002, she worked as special counsel for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.

She was Chair of the Casino Control Authority (1999-2002), served as President of the Auckland District Law Society (1998-99) and Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society (1999-2000).

Previous Attorneys-General appointed Queen’s or King’s counsel

Hon Christopher Finlayson, QC – 2012

Rt Hon Paul East, QC – 1995

Hon Dr Martyn Finlay, QC – 1973

Hon Sir Clifton Webb, QC – 1954

Hon Henry Mason, KC – 1946

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