Crown Solicitor's Office

​Secretary, Department of Justice announces new Crown Solicitor 

Issued: 11 June 2015

I am pleased to announce Ms Lea Armstrong has been appointed as the next NSW Crown Solicitor.

Ms Armstrong is a solicitor with 23 years' experience in government and commercial law, including 18 years at the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office.

Ms Armstrong has extensive experience in leading and directing the provisions of legal services to NSW government agencies. She currently holds the position of General Counsel at NSW Treasury. In that role she has provided the NSW Government with advice on the complex issues surrounding the development of the electricity network 'poles and wires' legislation passed by NSW Parliament last week. 

During her previous period at the Crown Solicitor's Office, she worked in a range of roles, including as General Counsel with a focus on major commercial transactions and reform projects for a range of clients including Treasury.  She also served as an Assistant Crown Solicitor in commercial law and administrative law.

Ms Armstrong will begin serving as Crown Solicitor on 13 July 2015. She is the first woman in NSW to hold that position.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to John McDonnell and Richard Kelly who have acted in the role of Crown Solicitor since Ian Knight's retirement in February this year.

I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Lea and supporting her in her new role.

Andrew Cappie-Wood