After a period of “spraying gorse, hunting, skiing with friends, and ‘playing’ on my bulldozer”, Stephen has returned to the law with his old firm, Chapman Tripp.
However a “non-exclusive consultancy lets me pursue some enthusiasms that Chapman Tripp might not ordinarily share. For example, I’ll continue to help the Sensible Sentencing Trust. I’ll comment on matters legal through my uncensored occasional newsletter “unfranked“.
Will he return to parliament? “It’s not ruled out, but I can be more objective if the opportunity arises in a year or so. I won ’t think about that while I get stuck in to re-establishing a law practice.”
Stephen Franks was one of the gutsiest MPs in Parliament and by far the best advocate for sound constitutional and criminal law. Whether he returns to Parliament or not (I hope he does), I have no doubt he will continue to influence NZ’s political and legal direction in a positive manner.