Cassie Nicholson
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Cassie Nicholson

Parliamentary Counsel Office / Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata

Chief parliamentary counsel

  • Appointed May 2021.
  • Previously deputy chief parliamentary counsel (drafting).
  • Led the drafting group for five years, including through a number of critical legislative emergencies.
  • More than 20 years’ experience at the Parliamentary Counsel Office.
  • Earlier work included leading complex policy reforms on secondment at MBIE.
  • Started as a commercial lawyer in the private sector.
  • Holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from Victoria University, was a Commonwealth scholar, and holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Chapman Tripp
Jan 1995 - Dec 1998
Parliamentary Counsel Office / Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata
Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel (Drafting)
Nov 1999 - May 2021
Parliamentary Counsel Office / Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata
Chief Parliamentary Counsel
May 2021 - Present

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