Meet the team

Chen Palmer Partners is a boutique public and employment firm with offices in Auckland and Wellington. The four partners are supported by 12 lawyers, and one law clerk.

Mai Chen

Managing Partner

Mai Chen is the managing partner of Chen Palmer, NZPLS, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.

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Nick Russell


Nick Russell is an experienced public law litigator who has appeared as counsel in a range of key cases at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council.

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Marina Matthews

Special Counsel

Marina has significant Parliamentary experience and has been a specialist advisor to several Education Ministers. She has experience in a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers, and preparing for Select Committees.

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Anthony Russell


Anthony specialises in providing expert employment law advice, and has provided quality advice across a range of sectors. Anthony has been practicing law since 1991 and has represented a wide range of employment law clients, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure industries.

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Carol Anderson

Senior Associate

Carol combines skills from a background in law and education. Following a successful career in secondary teaching in New Zealand and overseas, she qualified as a lawyer in 2005 and has worked in commercial and civil litigation and public law.

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