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Bell Gully

Work +64 4 473 7777
Fax +64 4 473 3845
SX 11164
Auckland, Wellington

Andrew Beatson

Work +64 4 915 6770
Bell Gully

Work Department



Environment and planning, Infrastructure and projects, Water, waste and contamination, Public law, Energy, Litigation and dispute resolution, Transport, Food, beverage and hospitality, Māori


​​​​​Andrew is one of New Zealand's foremost resource management lawyers. He is regarded by his clients as a "very safe pair of hands", and is respected for his strategic approach and depth of knowledge.
Andrew has over two decades' experience advising on all aspects of the Resource Management Act, having obtained consents for many significant projects, including energy generation, infrastructure, retail, telecommunications, subdivisions, coastal and marine, land and other developments. He is regularly involved in plan changes and policy advice for developers and applicants, as well as local authorities, regulatory bodies and objectors. His experience provides clients with an expert view of the short, medium and long-term perspectives of their projects. He particularly enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team, pulling together different and often complex workstreams to achieve a successful outcome.

Andrew is a key advisor in the firm's national infrastructure and projects group, advising public and private sector clients on all aspects of development. Andrew works with the group to give clients a seamless service for the life of their projects – from conception through consenting and construction to operation, where he takes an ongoing interest in the outcomes. Andrew has considerable experience in the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors as well as providing sound commercial litigation and public law advice.

Andrew's experience provides clients with an expert view of the short, medium and long-term perspectives of their projects.


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington.

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

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Andrew Beatson - Bell Gully

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Bell Gully provides 'excellent service and thoughtful advice and understands the commercial imperatives'. 'The advice mirrors clients' strategic objectives and delivers the outcomes they seek'. Its work encompasses complex projects in the private and public sectors, energy and natural resources matters, and environmental law for clients including Auckland Transport and Crown Infrastructure Partners. In Wellington, projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall lead the practice, and key partner Andrew Beatson has 'excellent legal knowledge coupled with commercial acumen; he is strong at finding solutions to unique situations'. Energy partners David Coull and Chris Gordon (who 'quickly identifies the key issues and is always calm and solution-focused'), and public law expert Simon Watt are standout practitioners. Senior associates Claire Harmsworth, the 'helpful, commercial' Toni Forrest and the 'thorough, lovely-to-deal-with' Angela Harford are also recommended. In Auckland, infrastructure partner Tom Bennett stands out for his work regarding Auckland’s transport infrastructure. 'Her advice is both concise and exact, and she turns work around very quickly and efficiently', say clients of senior associate Natasha Garvan.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Bell Gully is 'very prompt in responding to questions and has a good communication style, so it relates well with clients' and provides 'very good value for money and good industry knowledge, as it is up-to-date with the latest case law'. The firm acts for Air New Zealand, the country's leading airline, handles large roading projects, and also advises on rail and maritime matters. In Wellington, Andrew Beatson, PPP expert Hugh Kettle and construction partner Hugh Kettle acted for New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport as part of the Supporting Growth Alliance, which will focus on the development of urban growth areas in Auckland until 2022. The 'personable, pragmatic and conscientious' Bennett is 'a top operator and an authority on the public transport sector; coupled with his expertise in the construction area this makes him formidable'. In Auckland, department head Torrin Crowther is recommended for competition law matters in the aviation and shipping sectors. Senior associate Natasha Garvan is also recommended for environment and resource management matters relating to transport projects.

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