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Meet the team

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Cassie Nicholson

The PCO is led by Chief Parliamentary Counsel Cassie Nicholson.

Cassie holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, was a Commonwealth scholar, and holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has more than 20 years’ experience at the Parliamentary Counsel Office, for five years as Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel (Drafting). Her previous experience includes leading complex policy reforms and working, in her early career, as a commercial lawyer in the private sector.

Cassie is supported by the other members of the Senior Management Team, each of whom manages one of three groups within the PCO.

The Law Drafting group focuses on drafting legislation, the Access to Legislation group is primarily involved in publishing legislation, and the Corporate Services group assists both these functions.

The PCO's principal asset is its staff—there are around 90 of us. The work we do is specialised, highly skilled, and can affect the lives of all New Zealanders.

Click on the groups below for more information:

Law Drafting
Access to Legislation
  • Counsels' Assistants Team
  • Legislation Services Unit
  • Publications Unit
  • Revision Policy Unit
Corporate Services
  • Communications
  • Corporate Support
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Knowledge Centre
  • Records

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