New solicitor-general picked

Former Russell McVeagh litigation partner Mike Heron will be confirmed as the new solicitor-general next week –  if he agrees to take the job.

The position has been vacant since February when previous Solicitor-General David Collins, QC, was made a High Court judge.

Mr Heron left his law firm last month, when he was said he was "going out on his own".

The imminent announcement follows the shock departure today of deputy Solicitor-General Dr Matthew Palmer, who quit after being told last week he would not get the top job.


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