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A quick chat with...Mark Wilton, Principal Prosecutor and Acting Legal Advisor, Police Prosecution Service and ILANZ committee member

A quick chat with...Mark Wilton, Principal Prosecutor and Acting Legal Advisor, Police Prosecution Service and ILANZ committee member

29 September 2017

Mark wilton InsiderHow long have you been on the ILANZ Committee for?

This is my first term of service on the ILANZ Committee. I was elected in May 2017.

What do you hope to achieve as a ILANZ Committee member in the year ahead?

I wish to work with the ILANZ Committee to ensure ILANZ continues to connect, support and lead the in-house community of lawyers in NZ.

What do you do?

I am the Principal Prosecutor and Acting Legal Advisor for the Police Prosecution Service based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.

What do you like most about your job?

The variety of work which includes a mixture of governance and oversight of the prosecutor network, advocacy teaching, prosecution advocacy in court and the provision of in-house legal advice.

What is a career highlight so far?

One highlight is that over the last 7 years I have been privileged to travel throughout the pacific to engage with and teach advocacy skills to pacific island prosecutors.

What are some challenges or issues that you think in-house lawyers are facing today?

The constant daily challenge to be brave and robust when providing legal advice/services to our employers.

What are some fallacies that you have heard about in-house lawyers?

I must be leading a sheltered life as I have not heard any fallacies. All in-house lawyers I know work extremely hard to deliver high quality legal advice/services to their respective employers.

What are your hobbies?

In a past life I performed and sang with the New Zealand Opera Company. These days I thoroughly enjoy spending all my spare time with my family and friends.

Anything else that you would like to add?

I would encourage as many in-house lawyers as possible to attend the next ILANZ conference in Hamilton in May 2018.