A serial fraudster who impersonated a lawyer and pilot is now working for a criminal lawyer offering "pastoral care" to prisoners.

Brian Hunter - who has more than 180 convictions - is offering client support for Wellington lawyer Chris Tennet.

Tennet told the Weekend Herald he believed in giving people a second chance.

And he said Hunter's offending was several years ago.

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"He doesn't give legal advice but offers client support particularly to those who are locked up. He has gone out of his way to arrange accommodation and offer community support for prisoners who have been locked up."

Hunter