Michael Heron QC slipped in placings following his resignation from his role as the Government’s chief legal adviser, but the fact of that position alone, together with his ongoing involvement in major litigation sees him retain his List position, albeit further down the ranking.
The former partner at Russell McVeagh and Meredith Connell, Michael Heron’s break with tradition with his surprise resignation was nevertheless something that fits with his career where he has balanced his professional life with his family interests.
Although not directly involved in the unsuccessful prosecution of former ACT leader John Banks, Mr Heron received some criticism for it and in fact helped develop Crown Law’s role and culture and remained a popular chief, despite presumably preferring litigation to leadership in a significant government department.
Since returning home to Auckland he has continued to receive both private and Crown work, as well as setting up an innovative, online dispute resolution service that adds yet another field of experience to his legal career.
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