Chen Palmer was established over 26 years ago because its founders, Mai Chen and the Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC, identified a need for expert public law advice to assist members of the public and businesses in their dealings with Government, and to advise Government agencies on their public law obligations and requirements on business and organisations. We are Australasia’s first public law firm.
Chen Palmer specialises in providing advice based on a sound knowledge of Government, and expert legal, political and media knowledge, as this increases the prospects of getting the right outcome.
Our key areas of expertise are public and administrative law, employment law, public law litigation, education law, government/parliament/law reform, New Zealand Bill of Rights, Human Rights, prosecutions by statutory regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, and investigations and inquiries.
We also specialise in applying a superdiversity lens to law, policy and business. We are problem solvers, and we apply a Public Law toolbox approach to ensure successful outcomes for our clients.
Chen Palmer has expertise in public, employment, education, government / parliament / law reform, privacy, official information, local government, regulatory affairs and public law litigation.Learn more
The Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business is a multidisciplinary centre specialising in analysing the law, policy and business implications of New Zealand’s superdiversity.Learn more
Published on Newstalk ZB From the Mike Hosking Breakfast, 9 Apr 2021, 10:14AM Mai Chen speaks to Mike Hosking on the legality of the Government’s recent India travel suspension as part of the COVID-19 response. The ban comes into force […]
Government departments will have a better understanding of their obligations under the New Zealand Sign Language Act (NZSL) 2006 thanks to online guidance being developed for the Office of Disability Issues by the Superdiversity Institute of Law, Policy and Business […]
Published by RNZ 8:57 am on 27 January 2021 The prime minister has put companies dumping contaminated waste into sewers on notice, saying she’s seeking advice about the available options. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is unacceptable for […]
In a column published on Capital Letter, Mai Chen, Chair of the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, managing partner of Chen Palmer, Adjunct Professor at The University of Auckland Law School and a BNZ board director, explains the […]
In an article published on NewsHub, Mai Chen, Chair of the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, managing partner of Chen Palmer, Adjunct Professor at The University of Auckland Law School and a BNZ board director, discusses the sentencing […]