June 21, 2018

Leo Donnelly joins Chen Palmer Partners and the Superdiversity Centre

Chen Palmer Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Leo Donnelly as a Special Counsel in its Wellington office.  Leo will also be a Principal Advisor to the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business.

Leo is a former Ombudsman from 2016-2018, and Deputy Ombudsman from 2004-2016. He has also occupied the roles of Assistant Ombudsman, Senior Investigating Officer, and Investigating Officer with the Office of the Ombudsman, and previously worked for the Parliamentary Counsel Office.  Leo  graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 1981.

Leo brings his expertise and considerable experience in public and administrative law to Chen Palmer’s recognised leadership in the legal industry. He is available to advise clients in dealing with central and local government and the wider State sector, including matters in relation to the Ombudsmen Act, the Official Information Act, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, and the Protected Disclosures Act. Leo also has significant expertise in advising on education law, law reform and advising District Health Boards and local authorities.

Leo has been a champion for diversity in the public sector and will be building on that experience to advise private and public sector clients on managing the challenges and opportunities of a superdiverse society.  In his Superdiversity Centre capacity, Leo will be advising clients on their diversity and inclusion strategies, delivering Cultural Intelligence (CQ) training, and to assist with its research into the implications superdiversity has for workplace health and safety, and other areas of law and policy.

Leo is of New Zealand and Japanese ethnicity.

Leo starts on 2 July 2018. He will be available on leo.donnelly@chenpalmer.com