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Buddle Findlay

Work +64 4 499 4242
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SP 20201
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

David Allen

Work + 64 4 462 0423
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Resource management, environmental and conservation law, local government law, transport law, Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, Public Works Act and Māori Law.


Partner. Specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law. For details about David's work highlights see here -


David is a leading adviser on complex and large scale infrastructure projects and has particular experience in energy projects having advised on geothermal, wind, hydro and thermal consenting projects and associated plan changes.  David understands the unique challenges of large projects and works collaboratively with his clients, their advisers and other parties to ensure his clients' outcomes are achieved in the most effective and efficient manner. David advises clients at both the grassroots (resource consent) and strategic (designations, policy and plan changes and legislative reform) levels.  He works closely with our property team to provide strategic project development advice on property, environmental, public works and local government issues. David is a presenter of the Ministry for the Environment's "Making Good Decisions" programme required for all resource management decision-makers.  He regularly chairs, and presents at, environmental seminars and workshops.  David has a strong interest in coastal issues arising from his background in marine ecology.


• Resource Management Law Association
• New Zealand Planning Institute (associate member)


• LLB, BSc, MEnvi.Stud. (Victoria University of Wellington)
• Admitted New Zealand 1999
• Admitted England and Wales 2003 (non-practicing)
• Accredited RMA Hearings Chairperson

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Buddle Findlay¬†is 'one of the top-tier performers in this area', according to one client. The firm brings together expertise in finance, construction, property, resource management, regulatory matters, taxation and corporate law in its advice to clients such as the Electricity Authority, Contact Energy and Auckland Council.¬†In Auckland, resource management expert Patrick Mulligan¬†is co-head of the resource management and environmental law practice and has more than 20 years' experience in litigation.¬†Jennifer Caldwell¬†has extensive experience as a specialist litigator in the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, and advises¬†Western Bay of Plenty District Council on planning matters. She worked with Mulligan to obtain consents for the East West Link project, acting on behalf of New Zealand Transport Agency. Auckland-based projects partner Peter Owles¬†recently advised Ormat Technologies as a contractor on a new geothermal generation facility at Ngawha.¬†In Wellington, environment and MńĀori law practice head Paul Beverley¬†and key partner David Allen¬†are recommended, as is¬†Alanya Limmer¬†in Christchurch.¬†Senior associate Frances Wedde¬†is a rising star.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

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

Buddle Findlay's transport practice is built on the firm's strength in projects, resource management and environmental law. It is one of three firm's on the panel of the New Zealand Transport Agency, for which it handled the East West Link Project to connect the Onehunga-Penrose industrial hub with the state highway network. Auckland-based resource management partners¬†Patrick Mulligan¬†and Jennifer Caldwell, along with special counsel Vanessa Evitt¬†and senior associate Matthew Gribben, handled that matter. Paul Beverley¬†, who leads the environment and¬†MńĀori law team in Wellington, and partners¬†David Allen¬†and David Randal¬†worked on significant projects to improve road infrastructure between the¬†Taranaki and the Waikato regions, which raised important issues around the use of conservation land. The firm also counts Auckland Council, CentrePort and¬†Greater Wellington Regional Council among its clients.

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