Chen Palmer was established over 25 years ago because its founders, Mai Chen and the Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, identified a need for expert public law advice to assist members of the public and businesses in their dealings with Government. The challenge of dealing with Government agencies, particularly at times of change or crisis, was daunting for those without a background in law and public policy, and difficult even for experienced lawyers to navigate.
The gap between Government, business and the public remains complex and challenging under the coalition majority governments common under MMP. Chen Palmer exists to bridge that gap by giving those who must deal with Government the expert knowledge and legal tools they need to redress the power imbalance. Interactions with Government can feel like David and Goliath, but with the right strategic advice based on a sound knowledge of Government, and expert legal, political and media knowledge, the prospects of getting the right outcome significantly increase.
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
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Published on New Zealand Herald From RNZ 7:11am on 29 July 2020 Charging returning New Zealanders for Covid-19 managed isolation is a complicated proposition, according to public law expert Mai Chen, who recommends the Government pass a completely new […]
Published on TVNZ By Anna Murray 7:12am on 29 July 2020 The Government is set to reveal its plans for charging returning Kiwis for their managed isolation today. A managed isolation hotel. Source: 1 NEWS With just two sitting weeks […]
Published on RNZ From Checkpoint 5:10pm on 28 July 2020 Charging returning New Zealanders for Covid-19 managed isolation is a complicated proposition, according to public law expert Mai Chen. She recommends the government pass a completely new piece of […]
Published on RNZ By Hamish Cardwell 11:44am on 15 July 2020 Bus companies are worried a new Ministry of Education plan for tendering school bus routes will annihilate medium-sized firms, particularly in the regions. It has been 12 years […]
Published on Lawtalk By Mai Chen Issue 939, May 2020 In LawTalk 938, April 2020, I wrote about “Judicial leadership on equal access to justice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Parties in Courts”. That article summarised the unique insights that judges of […]