Marcus Pawson

Content and Design Advisor
Wellington Office

A writer-editor with legal training and a wide knowledge of the government sector, Marcus brings Plain English skills and an eye for engaging content to all his work

Marcus provides writing and editing expertise for MartinJenkins’ reports and proposals, making sure they are accessible and engaging, and with a clear, persuasive narrative. He also ensures the key messages in our documents are supported by strong graphic design.

Marcus learned Plain English writing the hard way, by editing legal textbooks written by lawyers and academics, and one of his strengths is presenting complex technical information in accessible language and a digestible format.

Before he joined us in 2017, Marcus spent nearly 20 years as a freelance writer and editor, working mainly for government agencies and not-for-profits, particularly in the legal and justice sectors. His public-sector clients included the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the New Zealand Customs Service, Creative New Zealand, and the Open Polytechnic.

Marcus’s broad experience includes work on standards and guideline documents; reports and discussion papers; procedures manuals; SOIs, Annual Reports and other corporate documents; training and educational resources; and website writing. These are some examples:

  • he was the main author of Achieving Compliance, a comprehensive best-practice guide for public regulatory agencies published in 2011, with MartinJenkins providing expert input

  • in 2016 Marcus wrote a substantial internal report for the Ministry of Justice on recent innovations in the Ministry’s work and systems

  • he developed a procedures manual for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2015–16 for its complaints and investigations work

  • he wrote an accessible guide to immigration and refugee law for Community Law in 2016–17.

Marcus has also researched and written legal textbooks for lawyers and law students. He has a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University, and initially worked in legal publishing as a senior legal editor and Plain English trainer.