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Issued: Monday, 23 February 2015
NSW Crown Solicitor Ian Knight has retired after 20 years in the role, serving under 13 Premiers and 15 Attorneys General.
NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard said that, as the largest provider of legal services to the NSW Government, the Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO) is critical to the functioning of the state.
“Mr Knight has led with distinction guiding the Crown Solicitor’s Office through one of the most successful periods in its history,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Mr Knight has worked on cases that have defined and improved our society, including helping secure compensation for asbestos victims.”
“His office worked on Royal Commissions, Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings, coronial inquests and matters relating to freedom of information, privacy, criminal organisations, and the powers of the NSW Parliament,” Mr Hazzard said.
“I congratulate Mr Knight on his exceptional career and wish him a long and fulfilling retirement,” Mr Hazzard said.
The Secretary of the Department of Justice, has advised the approval of the following temporary assignments to the role of Crown Solicitor:
John McDonnell - A/Crown Solicitor from 23 February 2015 to 31 March 2015
Richard Kelly - A/Crown Solicitor from 1 April 2015 to 8 May 2015