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Buddle Findlay

PWC TOWER, 188 QUAY STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 358 2555
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Fax +64 9 358 2055
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www.buddlefindlay.com

Pat Mulligan

Tel:
Work + 64 9 357 9396
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com/
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Environment and resource management; local government; public law.

Position

Partner. Specialises in environment and resource management, infrastructure, land transport, litigation and dispute resolution, and local government. For details about Pat's work highlights see here - www.buddlefindlay.com/people/patrick-mulligan.

Career

Pat advises on a wide range of litigation matters specialising in environmental, resource management, local government, public law and construction issues. He acts as counsel for both private corporate clients and local authorities, appearing in various Courts and Tribunals including the Environment, Māori Land and Appellate Court, High Courts and the Court of Appeal. His recent work includes RMA plan change and resource consent cases and appeals for large infrastructure projects, declaratory and judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal on administrative decisions of local government. He has acted for corporates in respect of regulatory action in respect of contamination issues and various litigation actions in commercial matters including extensive experience in valuation disputes. Pat is a partner in Buddle Findlay’s Auckland litigation group and heads the Auckland resource management team and environmental law team. Pat joined Buddle Findlay in 2007 and before that was a partner at another large national law firm. He has been practising for nearly 20 years.

Education

• LLB (University of Canterbury)
• Admitted New Zealand 1993


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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