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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)

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Beatson - Bell Gully

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

At Bell Gully, β€˜the service is exceptional’. For environmental law and resource management, the β€˜efficient, on-point and persuasive’ Andrew Beatson in Wellington β€˜has complete understanding of his clients’ business and his advice mirrors their goals’. He assisted Nova Energy with the development of its planned 360MW gas-turbine generator at Tihiroa. On the same matter, he also acted for Transpower New Zealand, which is seeking designation of a transmission line to connect the plant to the National Grid. Also recommended are energy partners David Coull, who advised AWE Limited on the sale of its interest in the Tui oilfield, and Chris Gordon; public law expert Simon Watt; and projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall. In Auckland, energy partner Garry Downs, projects partner Tom Bennett and β€˜friendly and accommodating’ senior associate Natasha Garvan are highly regarded. Anadarko Petroleum and Contact Energy are also clients of the firm.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

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

Bell Gully β€˜approaches everything in a professional manner and the lawyers are always available to discuss matters’. The firm has a long track record in aviation, roading, rail and maritime matters, and is hailed by one client as β€˜a good bunch of people who are easy to get along with and provide extremely good value for money’. Auckland-based competition partner Torrin Crowther advised Air New Zealand on its strategic alliance with Air China for a new daily direct service between Auckland and Beijing. Tom Bennett and Wellington-based Andrew Beatson act for Auckland Transport, with one recent matter involving consents and appeals work for the NZ$400m Mill Road project. PPP specialist Hugh Kettle advises New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on major roading projects, including the recent NZ$850m procurement of a new road of national significance as part of the Transmission Gully PPP.

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