Franks Ogilvie welcomes new Senior Consultant, Brigitte Morten, to the team.

Brigitte brings intense experience of how government actually works, in distinction to how outsiders think it might work or should work.

She is a regular commentator for RNZ, NBR and NewsHub. She has a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington, a Masters of Law from the Australian National University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Counter Terrorism from the Interdisciplinary Centre (Herzliya, Israel).

Brigitte has been a Senior Ministerial Advisor in the New Zealand Government and spent years working across state and federal politics in Australia. She understands the levers that work, and don’t work, in the machinery of government.

‘I can’t think of any young New Zealand consultant with her kind of  deep practical understanding of how voter campaigns work. She has accumulated knowledge of what really motivates leaders who have to sustain democratic support’ says Franks Ogilvie Principal, Stephen Franks.

‘We are excited to have Brigitte as part of the team. She brings to us for our clients unique insights into issue advocacy and strategic communications,’ says Franks Ogilvie Principal, Rob Ogilvie.


Christie Marceau murder

Coroner has made major recommendations after the inquest into the death of Christie Marceau. Nikki Pender acted for the Marceau family. Nikki told Newstalk ZB’s Larry Williams that a case like this could happen again. To hear the interview click here.

Failed by the justice system

Earlier this year a Coroner ruled that the actions of two teenage brothers were “the most significant factor” in 15-year-old Stephen Dudley’s death – yet the police have refused to reinstate the manslaughter charge. Stephen’s parents spoke exclusively to the Weekend Herald (click here to read).

Nikki Pender represented the Dudleys in the Coroner’s Court and after the findings wrote to the Solicitor General requesting a review of the criminal process.

To read the response from Crown Law click here.