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Former A-G to provide public law advice

Former Attorney-General to provide public law advice with Bell Gully

Former Attorney-General Paul East QC, CNZM, has become a public law consultant with Bell Gully, forming a leading public law team with the firm’s public law specialists partner Simon Watt and senior partner David McGregor.

Mr East has worked closely with Bell Gully on public law matters for a number of years and has been available to advise the firm’s clients on public law issues, as well as provide representation within the parliamentary and legislative arena.

He has appeared before parliamentary select committees on behalf of a number of companies and organisations and made representations on a wide range of government regulations and legislation.

He has considerable experience in the field of mediation and has appeared before a wide range of courts and tribunals in New Zealand as well as the Privy Council and the International Court of Justice.

Beginning his parliamentary career as the Member of Parliament for Rotorua, Mr East held a variety of Cabinet posts including Minister for Crown Health Enterprises, State Services, Defence and Corrections. He was Leader of the House and served as the country’s Attorney-General for seven years. Upon leaving Parliament he was appointed the New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

A company director and Queen’s Counsel, he is also involved in a number of charitable organisations. He became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to Parliament and the law.


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