Former Ministry of Defence director to join Chen Palmer

The special counsel joins the firm in April

Former Ministry of Defence director to join Chen Palmer

A seasoned public sector lawyer is set to bolster the ranks at Chen Palmer Partners.

Dr Scott Sheeran will join the firm in Wellington on 1 April 2019, adding to the firm extensive experience, including in public law, government legal service, diplomacy, academia, human rights NGOs, the military, and management consultancy.

He is currently senior legal adviser at the New Zealand Defence Force. He was previously senior legal counsel in New Zealand’s team on the UN Security Council 2015-16. He was also a director in the Ministry of Defence, as well as a vice chair of the legal committee of the UN General Assembly.

“Scott is an example of the career path that Chen Palmer can offer to young lawyers,” said Chen Palmer. ”One of his first jobs was as an Associate at the firm, and it’s now great to see he’ll return in a senior role.”

The incoming special counsel has a PhD in law and human rights from the University of Essex, an LLM from the University of Cambridge, a diploma in oceans law and policy from the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia, and an LLB (Hons) and a BCom (Hons) from the University of Otago.

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