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Buddle Findlay

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

Paul Beverley

Work + 64 4 462 0406
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Environment/resource management; Maori law.


Partner and National Chair. Specialises in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori Law and Treaty Settlement negotiations. For details about Paul's work highlights see here -


Paul specialises in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori Law and Treaty Settlement negotiations. He appears in a range of courts and tribunals on RMA and Māori law matters including the Environment Court, Māori Land Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and Boards of Inquiry and Special Tribunals. His primary areas of RMA practice are large infrastructure designation and consenting processes, and regional and district planning processes.Paul also has extensive experience collaborating and negotiating with Māori and advising on Māori law issues. He has been a member of the core Crown negotiation and drafting teams on a number of significant Treaty of Waitangi settlements, including in relation to Tuhoe (Te Urewera); Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua); Waikato River; and settlements in Northland, Auckland and Hauraki, the central North Island and the top of the South Island. His particular specialty is designing and negotiating co-governance, co-management and relationship frameworks between the Crown, local government and Māori.
Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Paul spent four years as a senior lawyer at the Department of Conservation and he continues to advise on the Reserves Act and concession processes.


• Member of the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental Law


• B.Com, LLB (University of Otago)
• LLM (Hons) (Victoria University)
• Admitted New Zealand 1993

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Beverley - Buddle Findlay

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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