Projects and resources management (including environment) in New Zealand

Bell Gully

The practice at Bell Gully is 'personable, diligent and creative in the way it solves problems'. The firm is consistently involved in the most comprehensive and forward-looking infrastructure, development and contracting projects. Among these are projects of national significance, as well as several medium and smaller-scale projects. These projects involve the firm's resource management and environment experts, who frequently advise on major energy projects. The core of the practice is based in Wellington, where the lead partners are Hugh Kettle, who recently advised Wellington City Council on several significant projects; resource management specialist Andrew Beatson; commercial property expert David Chisnall; prominent infrastructure partner Simon Watt; and corporate partner Chris Gordon who focuses on energy, resources and infrastructure projects. In Auckland, newly promoted partner Natasha Garvan is recommended for strategic advice on large-scale projects. Senior associate Claire Harmsworth in Wellington is a rising star.


“The team partners with clients at a strategic level to ensure that we are anticipating outcomes. It is pleasant to deal with an anticipate the needs of the client.”

“David Coull has provided a huge amount of value assisting us in a multi-party negotiation. He was able to spot issues coming up and advise us in a timely manner that led to a positive outcome on the new access code. He is exceptionally competent on subject matter and gave our counterparties confidence that we could move forward.”

“The firm has careful thinkers that craft a clear strategy to match the circumstances and ensure a positive result. There is a nice split between Auckland and Wellington with teams across national matters and always available.”

“Andrew Beatson is pragmatic and focused on the key details required to win.”

“Natasha Garvan is diligent and has an eye for detail to ensure all matters are covered.”

Key clients

Auckland Transport

Supporting Growth Alliance (an alliance comprising NZTA, AT, Auckland Council, Buddle Findlay, Bell Gully, Beca and Aecom)

City Rail Link Limited

CentrePort Limited

Crown Infrastructure Partners

Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Housing New Zealand

Meridian Energy Limited

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited

Tainui Group Holdings

Tauranga City Council

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Wellington City Council

AWE Limited

Anadarko Petroleum Limited

Barton NZ Limited / The Barton Group

Contact Energy Limited

First Gas Limited

Meridian Energy Limited

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited

Ofer Group

ONGC Videsh Limited

Romarco Minerals Inc.

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Wellington Electricity Limited

Woodside Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on the development and implementation of a new funding model recently announced by the Government at Fulton Hogan’s Milldale development, north of Auckland.
  • Advising Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) on the consenting aspects in relation to the planned initial public offering of Port Napier.
  • Advising Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency on Te Tupu Ngātahi (the Supporting Growth Alliance), as part of the Alliance legal team, on route protection of the transportation network required to service the next 30 years of Auckland’s growth.
  • Advised the Department of Corrections (the DoC) on its third PPP project for the design, construction, finance and maintenance of a new large prison at Waikeria Prison.
  • Advises Auckland Transport (AT) on a wide array of strategic local, regional and national transport planning issues, including the development and procurement of Auckland region-wide public transport services and infrastructure.

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay is 'current with legislation, innovative and very prompt with their responses' and one client remarks that 'the level of care and attention to clients from all of the staff is consistently excellent'. The firm has a key role in some of the country's largest projects, including City Rail Link, and recently handled key developments in the energy sector. In Auckland, the practice heads are Patrick Mulligan for resource management and environment and, for projects and infrastructure development, Peter Owles. Associate Mathew Gribben is a rising star in resource management, environmental and local government matters. Project development partner Tom Bennett joined from Bell Gully. Firm chair Paul Beverley in Wellington is a leading light in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori Law and Treaty Settlement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Mulligan; Peter Owles


“It has the largest resource management and environment specialist team. It is very collaborative, and has extensive regulatory and commercial projects expertise.”

“The team is very competent and provides a specific personal service.”

“Working with associate Mathew Gribben is like adding a star player to your team. He provides clear and sound legal advice, has excellent industry knowledge, and takes great care in staying in touch with the team.”

“I enjoy working with Buddle Findlay more than other firms as they are easy to work with, provide clear options for consideration when options are available, understand the client’s requirements, and acknowledge that not all decisions are based solely on particular legal matters. In my experience, they do not push their own views on the client as I have experienced some doing from other firms.”

“The individual people are all great to work with, and there are clear back-up personnel available if the key contact is not available. I have greatly enjoyed working recently with them.”

Key clients

HRL Morrison

Electricity Authority

Contact Energy

Genesis Energy

Environmental Protection Authority


Genesis Energy

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association New Zealand

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (now part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet)

Leading Banks: ANZ, Westpac, BNZ

Central Plains Water


Pioneer Energy


Z Energy Limited

Ormat Technologies

Energy Fiji Limited

Caltex Australia

Auckland Council

Auckland Transport

New Zealand Transport Agency

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Tauranga City Council

Ministry of Education

Miraka Limited

Christchurch City Council

Waikato Regional Council

Hurunui District Council

Otago Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council

Horowhenua District Council

Hutt City Council

Gisborne District Council

Pioneer Energy

Watercare Services Limited

Puke Coal Limited

Fulton Hogan

Havelock Village Limited (subsidiary of GMP Pharmaceuticals)

Tata Valley Limited (subsidiary of GMP Pharmaceuticals)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ormat Technologies Inc with the development of new generation capacity on the Ngawha geothermal resource located in Northland, New Zealand.
  • Advising Village Life Energy as the developer of a new Waste to Energy plant located on Upolu in Samoa.
  • Acting for NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport in the Supporting Growth programme for a new and upgraded transport network throughout greater Auckland to support and facilitate projected growth in the greenfield growth areas over the next 30 years.
  • Acted for Central Plains Water in connection with its development of three distinct and interlocking irrigation projects in Canterbury, New Zealand – using run-of-river water from both the Rakaia and the Waimakariri rivers, together with stored water from Lake Coleridge, to provide irrigation to approximately 60,000 ha.
  • Acted for Auckland Council and Auckland Transport in connection with the procurement of construction packages C3 (tunnels and stations), C7 (systems) and C8 (Otahuhu Station) for the City Rail Link project.

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has a multi-disciplinary team that advises both domestic and international companies on issues relating to oil and gas, power, coal and minerals, water and waste, government and regulatory issues, and climate change. Among its clients for projects and resource management matters are major primary sector participants, government agencies, minerals and mining companies, leading gas and electricity infrastructure providers, upstream and downstream petroleum sector participants, and irrigation companies. Energy and natural resource projects specialist Brian Clayton and major infrastructure, transport and property development projects expert Paula Brosnahan lead practice in Auckland. Construction and projects partner Hamish Bolland is recommended for infrastructure, mining, energy, water, oil and gas, health, commercial, hotels and residential matters. Ben Williams leads the practice in Christchurch, where Jo Appleyard is a leading light in the environmental and resource management aspects of natural resources, irrigation and infrastructure projects.

Key clients

Mercury NZ Limited

NZ Transport Agency

Solomon Islands Electricity Authority

Lyttelton Port Company


Eastland Generation

Queenstown Airport Corporation

Beach Energy Limited

Shell New Zealand

First Gas / Gas Services NZ

Work highlights

  • Advised Lyttelton Port Company on the three largest and most complex consenting projects in the South Island, including the expansion and deepening of the shipping channel in Lyttelton Harbour.
  • Advised Mercury NZ Limited on the construction and long-term maintenance of a new windfarm at Turitea near Palmerston North in New Zealand’s North Island.
  • Advised Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, a long-time client, on a number of significant power projects including on the Solomon Islands’ first independent power producer project involving a new 15MW hydroelectric power plant.
  • Acting as a key legal advisor to the NZ Transport Agency, New Zealand’s agency responsible for the development and maintenance of our land transport systems.
  • Advised Eastland Generation Limited on various matters in its construction programme.

Kensington Swan

The infrastructure group at Dentons Kensington Swan combines expertise in construction and major projects, environment and planning, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, property and China business. It handles consenting and property acquisitions, procurement, project delivery and dispute resolution. The firm has acted in most of the PPPs undertaken in New Zealand since 2010, and it is the only law firm on both the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport panels. Infrastructure projects specialist Paul Buetow in Auckland and environment and planning partner Nicky McIndoe in Wellington are leading lights in the market, but the firm has many prominent lawyers leading the practice, among whom are corporate partners Chris Parke and Heida Donegan, and property partner Matthew Ockleston in Auckland; and Wellington-based corporate partner David ShillsonStuart Robertson in Auckland has 30 years' experience in the construction sector.

Key clients

NZ Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Wellington Water Limited

Transpower New Zealand

ASB Bank

Pernod Ricard New Zealand Limited

Goodman Property

Downer New Zealand

CPB Contractors/CIMIC

Leighs Construction

Ghella Limited

Hawkins 2017


Ministry of Social Development

Oji Fibre Solutions

McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ)


Bridgestone Tyres

CentrePort Limited

Work highlights

  • Sole advisor to Ghella & Abergeldie Joint Venture through tender negotiations for the construction contract for 13km of 4.5m diameter wastewater pipe under Auckland, with the client named preferred bidder.
  • Advised CentrePort Limited on the establishment of the licence framework, and ownership of assets located at Seaview Wharf.
  • Assisted Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group Co., Ltd (Fenglin Group), and Fenglin Wood Industry (New Zealand) Co., Ltd. (Fenglin NZ) with preparation, negotiation and entry with the Putauaki Trust of a complex development agreement and lease of approximately 33 hectares of Maori freehold land owned by the Trust.
  • Acted for Grand Complex Properties Limited in the redevelopment of its Grand Arcade complex of mixed-use buildings in central Wellington.
  • Advising Orange Consortium – comprising CPB, United Group, Beca, Jacobs and McMillan Jacob – on The City Rail Link project in Auckland.


MinterEllisonRuddWatts is praised for its 'responsiveness and its ability to analyse complex issues and communicate them in a clear manner'. Its environment and planning team advises private and public sector clients land acquisition and development, and obtaining all types of licences to operate. The energy and resources team handles upstream oil and gas exploration, extraction of sub-sea iron sands, LPG developments, coal-fired and geothermal power station projects, hydro generating assets, wind farms and a marine farming project. Head of energy and resources Paul Foley in Wellington and, in Auckland, head of environment and planning Rachel Devine and head of real estate David Gilbert are the key department leaders. Leading light Sarah Sinclair in Auckland is a board member of Infrastructure NZ. Her transactional and projects work focuses predominantly on the infrastructure and energy sectors. Senior associate Travis Tomlinson is a rising star in infrastructure and construction projects.


The firm provides excellent, regular communication so it is clear at all times as a client how the work being done on one’s behalf is progressing. There is confidence-giving, but not intrusive, senior oversight of the team’s work.

Rachel Devine and Stephanie de Groot were both great to work with, displaying a genuine interest in and attempt to engage using tikanga Maori.

‘Very highly competent and make it their business to understand the client’s culture and way of working. They are very responsive and flexible in how they met client’s requirements.

Key clients

New Zealand Government and Crown

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Zealand branch

Ōtākaro Limited, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC)

Synlait Limited

Ports of Auckland Limited

Fulton Hogan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Crown (through the Ministry of Transport and the Treasury), as the co-sponsor and funder with Auckland Council of Auckland’s City Rail Link project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development on the KiwiBuild “Buying Off the Plans” Initiative.
  • Assisting Accident Compensation Corporation with the the Milldale Project, which involved a pioneering a new model to finance bulk housing infrastructure.
  • Acting for lenders ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Zealand branch on Blackstone’s first office portfolio acquisition in Auckland.
  • Advising Ōtākaro Limited, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Ministry of Justice on Christchurch earthquake rebuild ‘Anchor Projects’.

Simpson Grierson

'What singles this team out from the rest is its capacity to manage the big, complex matters in the most expeditious and efficient manner', says a client of Simpson Grierson. The firm has a lead role in some of the largest projects in New Zealand, including the NZ$3.5bn City Rail Link development. It also has the country's largest environment, planning, and resource management group, which has a strong focus on energy and infrastructure matters. Leading front-end construction partner Michael Weatherall in Auckland and resource management partner James Winchester in Wellington are the practice heads. The Auckland office is home to leading lights in the market including infrastructure and urban renewal expert Bill Loutit and head of resources and infrastructure Padraig McNamara. In Christchurch, Sarah Scott focuses on strategic planning and policy, and large infrastructure and utilities projects.


“The team has been receptive to running cases in a way that is not traditional but accords more with Tikanga Maori – Maori ideology and approaches. They have spent time making sure that people with little to no legal background develop and understand the risks and benefits of the nature of the legal matter before them.”

“James Winchester and Sarah Scott spend considerable time checking to see if the tangata whenua representatives understand the legal process and how best to approach legal matters. They have been willing to work on and try things that are not typical to the resource management process. They have spent considerable time ensuring that they understand Maori concepts and values and the importance of these in an environmental context.”

“Simpson Grierson was selected for the Wastewater BPO project on the strength of its successful involvement in several consenting projects involving wastewater discharges to fresh water environments as well as their familiarity with PNCC consenting challenges through their involvement with the review of the Totara Road wastewater consent.”

“Padraig McNamara has a strong wastewater consenting background and a grasp of the key issues required to secure a cost-effective consent.”

“Matt Conway is approachable and has a confident grasp of PNCC consenting challenges.”

“They have the experience, they know the case law back to front and, importantly, have established relationships with other key personnel in the industry.”

“The America’s Cup consenting requirements were complex and a significant amount of consents were required, in a difficult environment with a hybrid of competing interests. Bill Loutit and his team managed the entire process. Comparable matters have taken years to process. Bill Loutit and his team received a result within eight months and the outcome was the talk of the town for quite a while.”

“They know the subject matter back to front and in addition to that have excellent relationships with the major players in the industry. This enables fast, precise advice that we know has proper foundations.”

“The thing that makes this practice unique is that it maintains strong links with local and central government agencies that give confidence to clients and short-circuits potential interagency and inefficiencies in routine and complex property-related transactions.”

“Michael Wood uses plain English in complex transactions and is responsive and informative when it comes to protecting clients’ interests. He brings a level of calmness to multi-agency negotiations, respecting each party’s organisational imperatives. He is a leading advisor in NZ.”

“Simpson Grierson has arguably the most experienced team in the project and resource management area. They are particularly strong in the area of local government law and offer very good value for money.”

“Padraig McNamara and Bill Loutit are probably the two most experienced practitioners in large firms offering an all round service. They are well supported by their senior associates and provide experience,quality of advice, service and value for money that puts the firm in the top tier.”

“The firm has bench strength – it isn’t just one or two strong individuals; it is a whole team.”

“It has breadth of sector knowledge – their experience across a variety of sectors means they have expertise relevant to the different types of project.”

“The firm provides business-focused advice – they have the technical legal skills, but the key is that they apply it to the business issue to come up with a strategic solution.”

“James Winchester has outstanding expertise and is technically excellent but understands the big picture and is a trusted strategic advisor.”

“Matt Conway is incredibly focused and calm – he wins the confidence of the business team very quickly.”


Key clients

City Rail Link Limited


Massey University

Auckland Transport

University of Canterbury

Watercare Services Limited

Auckland Council

Panuku Development Auckland

Tauranga City Council

Queenstown-Lakes District Council

Christchurch City Council

New Zealand Transport Agency

Unitec Institute of Technology

Work highlights

  • Advising Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – one of New Zealand’s largest iwi authorities – on various matters including water quality, allocation and nutrient management plans throughout the South Island; protection of cultural interests in outstanding natural landscapes; and judicial review of decision-making regarding participation in resource consent processes.
  • Advising Auckland Council / Auckland Transport on the Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme, which aims to deliver key transport and public space benefits along the Auckland Waterfront.
  • Advising Watercare Services Limited on the Southwest Sub-regional Wastewater Treatment Scheme.
  • Advising South Taranaki District Council on its District Plan.
  • Working with the Ministry for the Environment as part of a practitioner drafting group and providing advice to the Ministry as it developed New Zealand’s first set of National Planning Standards.

Anderson Lloyd

Anderson Lloyd has a prominent projects and infrastructure practice that is active in a broad range of sectors. It is known for its role in the development of major renewable energy projects, including project development, EPC and regulatory consenting work. It also handles large-scale water conservation, water storage and irrigation projects, marine development, industrial environmental permitting and mining projects. It has also played a key role in several PPP projects in New Zealand. Projects partner David Holden in Auckland and resource management specialist Maree Baker-Galloway in Queenstown are the lead partners. Auckland-based partner Anton Trixl is a  specialist in the energy and infrastructure sectors with extensive experience in project development and financing, construction projects and M&A transactions.


The firm has good capability across the board to support us – procurement, environment, land and finance. They understand what matters to our business and take a pragmatic approach.’

‘David Holden in particular is very strong on procurement and PPP/project finance-related requirements. He is very good at converting technical concepts across engineering and procurement contracts into functional legal drafting and distilling down key issues.’

Key clients

Waimea Community Dam Limited

Dunedin City Council

Tilt Renewables Limited

Christchurch City Council

Pacific Partnerships Pty Limited

Public Infrastructure Partners / H.R.L Morrison & Co

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Cornerstone Infrastructure Partners Limited Partnership

City Rail Link

Foodstuffs (South Island) Properties Limited

Wayfare Group Limited

OceanaGold (New Zealand) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Waimea Irrigators Limited on all aspects of the Waimea Community Dam project, including capital raising and governance, as well as advising Waimea Irrigators Limited and Tasman District Council on early contractor engagements, consultancy agreements and the construction contract for the project.
  • Advising City Rail Link Limited on the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand, partially funded by the Crown and Auckland Council.
  • Advised Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Incorporated (Ngati Toa) on the establishment of community housing in Porirua.
  • Advising Dunedin City Council on its LED streetlight replacement programme tender, including the preparation of tendering documents, the drafting of construction documents and advising on negotiations with the preferred tender.

Chancery Green

Chancery Green in Auckland is a niche firm focused on resource management, environment and major projects. It frequently handles consenting for projects of national significance for clients across a range of industry sectors including energy, commercial and residential property development, coastal, and infrastructure. Its recent work encompasses large and complex infrastructure projects ranging from renewable energy generation, oil and gas fracking, telecommunications and large-scale subdivision and housing projects. Key partners Jason Welsh and Chris Simmons are leading lights in the market. Welsh has successfully consented some of the country’s most challenging and complex projects during  his 22 years of practice. Simmons has made numerous appearances at Council hearings, in the Environment Court and the High Court in to resource consent applications and district plan provisions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Welsh; Chris Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Karen Price; Steve Mutch

Work highlights

  • Assisting Refining NZ with this project and successfully secured resource consents and authorisations to dredge the Whangarei Harbour in order to facilitate the use larger cargoes of crude oil into its Marsden Point refinery.
  • Assisting Refining NZ with the reconsenting the Marsden Point Refinery.
  • Advising Tilt Renewables on its Waverley Wind Farm and on various matters associated with its development.
  • Assisted Refining NZ with its feasibility analysis for establishing New Zealand’s largest solar farm adjacent to its refinery site.
  • Advising a client in respect of a proposed new 390MW windfarm.

DLA Piper New Zealand

'The team has a deep, practical understanding of projects and associated regulatory, commercial, and political environments', remarks a client of DLA Piper New Zealand who adds the lawyers 'unfailingly provide frank, pragmatic advice and realistic appraisals of project risk'. The firm frequently acts for Auckland Council, which is New Zealand's largest local government body, as well as other local authorities, central government departments and corporates in sectors such as retail and residential development. Stephen Quinn and Kerry Anderson in Wellington, along with Diana Hartley in Auckland, lead the practice. Quinn, who is a leading light in resource management, environmental law and building law, and Anderson are 'standout operators in this field'. Senior associate Emma Manohar in Wellington is a rising star.


“Stephen Quinn and Kerry Anderson have a depth of experience and a network of connections that are of significant benefit to clients, along with the formal litigation skills and team capacity necessary to ensure effective and efficient handling of any project, resource management, or environmental matter.”

“The firm has a strong regulatory and local government focus. It is experienced across the board in terms of regulatory decision-making as well as having a strong enforcement and prosecution team. Other large law firms simply do not have the experience in both these areas.”

“Stephen Quinn, Diana Hartley and Anne Buchanan are standout performers in the RMA and Local Government space. Their understanding of the Local Government environment is exceptional. This, combined with their ability to partner with the in-house legal team and business units, makes them stand out form competitors.”

“This practice is unique, as the lawyers appear to work in collaboration with one another as a team, to ensure that we are given the best legal support and advice. They are all very good lawyers, with a strong understanding of our area of practice and someone is always available to assist us. The team is friendly and approachable.”

“Diana Hartley, Stephen Quinn, Anne Buchanan and Waldo Randal are competent and capable lawyers. They deliver work on time, have a wide range of experience in our practice area, and represent us professionally and competently in court. What makes them different to their competitors, is that they appear to work as a team, rather than competing against one another. They also seem to get on well and have a good working environment.”

“The response time is very fast and I always have faith in the legal advice. The speed with which I get a response is what sets DLA Piper apart from other firms I deal with.”

“Stephen Quinn is a standout lawyer who always provides fast, timely responses. He often adds value by being willing to talk through different approaches to a problem, not just from a legal perspective, but also from a governance, political and community point of view.”

“Kerry Anderson has a great ethic of client service. She does the obvious and simple things that professionals ought to do – but often don’t – really well. She is responsive and proactive via email and phone. Advice is timely and pragmatic.”

“Kerry Anderson is strong on strategy and exploring different ways to get the outcome we are after. She is a valued and trusted advisor.”

Key clients

Auckland Council

The Department of Corrections

Wellington Regional Council

Hutt City Council

Nelson City Council

Tasman District Council

Maungaharuru Tangitῡ Tust

Upper Hutt City Council

Marlborough District Council

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Far North District Council

Work highlights

  • Representing The Department of Corrections in respect of its billion-dollar expansion of Waikeria Prison.
  • Representing Auckland Council in a range of civil and regulatory proceedings relating to unlawful works by a landowner and alleged unlawful actions by or on behalf of the Council on a private property and on reserve land adjacent to that property.
  • Advising Wellington Regional Council on its review of its five regional plans.
  • Assisting Auckland Council with consenting and enforcement matters for a boatshed and helicopter landing pad in the coastal marine area.
  • Advising Hutt City Council on multiple Environment Court proceedings against its vegetation protection rules in its District Plan.

Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh has a prominent role in the energy sector, acting on upstream and downstream oil and gas, renewable energy projects and mining projects, including  environmental consenting and planning aspects. National environment, planning and natural resources practice group chair Daniel Minhinnick in Auckland and energy practice group chair Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington are the lead partners. In Auckland, leading light Allison Arthur-Young handles all aspects of resource management and local government law, with a particular focus on development and large-scale infrastructure projects, along with district and regional planning, and policy matters. Senior associate Simon Pilkinton  is a rising star known for 'good technical knowledge and accurate advice'. Bronwyn Carruthers is now a barrister at Shortland Chambers.

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pilkinton


“Simon Pilkinton is personable and responsive. He has provided useful and focussed advice on a technical matter regarding public works.”

“Partner Daniel Minhinnick and senior associate Kristen Gunnell are strong performers in the RMA area. Allison Arthur-Young is particularly good in the local government area and Tim Clarke has very strong connections with Government. Together they make a very good all round team which is very responsive to our requirements.”

Key clients

Wellington Water Limited

Tasman District Council

WEL Networks Limited

Watercare Services Ltd

Bunnings Limited

Stevenson Group (Drury South Limited)

Auckland International Airport Limited

New Zealand Government

Panuku Development Auckland Limited

Scentre (New Zealand) Limited

KiwiRail Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Wellington Water on the modernisation of its service delivery model and its capital works programme.
  • Advising Tasman District Council on the transaction structure and equity and debt funding arrangements for the new Waimea community dam.
  • Assisting Panuku Development Auckland Limited with the consenting of a 102 residential unit and 9 retail tenancy mixed use development on Dominion Road.
  • Assisting Watercare Services Ltd in the consenting process of key upgrades for the wastewater network in Auckland.
  • Assisting Bunnings Limited with the consenting of a new store in Queenstown.

Wynn Williams

'The firm's administration of complex, multi-party cases and the respect it gets from the Court is the best I have seen', says a client of the resource management and environment practice at Wynn Williams. The firm is a prominent player in resource management, environmental and natural resources matters, particularly in the South Island. The practice is led from Christchurch by Philip Maw and resource management specialist Lucy de Latour. Maw is a recognised advisor of regional councils, with particular expertise in freshwater planning policy development, and clients describe him as 'an excellent presenter and communicator'. Up-and-coming partner Kirstie Wyss is 'approachable and yet very professional' and Michelle Mehlhopt is recommended for district and regional planning, resource consents, enforcement and strategic advice to local authorities. Alongside freshwater management, the firm frequently advises on energy and natural resources matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Maw; Lucy de Latour


“The firm has specialist knowledge and skills in the environmental and property areas, and it provides high quality advice.”

“The team is very down-to-earth without any airs and is really easy to work with.”

“Phil Maw’s advice is always well thought out and he provides considered responses to questions.”

“Imogen Edwards is incredibly organised, always available and I was really impressed with the speed and quality of work.”

“Wynn Williams offers a seamless extension of our business – they work well with others across our business and understand and respond to all of the issues that impact on their advice to us.”

“The team as a whole is exceedingly competent. Philip Maw and Lucy de Latour are unflappable and provide calm, measured advice. They are always available to us and respond well even under tight timeframes.”

“Michelle Mehlhopt has the ability to go deep into the detail but never loses sight of the big picture issues. She is a skilled and talented advocate.”

Key clients

Canterbury Regional Council

Southland Regional Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Otago Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Northland Regional Council

Greater Christchurch Partnership

Ports of Auckland Limited

Weston Lea Limited

Reefville Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a property trustee on the potential relocation of a listed heritage item.
  • Advising a regional council on judicial review proceedings regarding water bottling consents.
  • Acting for a regional council on proceedings before the Court of Appeal related to important RMA interpretation issues.
  • Advising a property developer on the expansion of a retail centre.
  • Advising a regional council on declarations related to vegetation clearance and habitat protection.

Atkins Holm Majurey

Atkins Holm Majurey in Auckland is a leading specialist environmental law firm. Its work encompasses high-level marine and resource consenting processes, central government inquiries, plan changes and submissions on key environmental legislation. Highly respected resource management lawyer Helen Atkins, public law partner Mike Holm, Treaty of Waitingi expert Paul Majurey and environmental, corporate and Maori law specialist Vicki Morrison-Shaw are the key practitioners. The firm's recent work includes a four-day hearing before the High Court in relation to the seven appeals brought against the the Environmental Protection Authority's decision to grant consent to offshore iron sand mining applications. The firm is also advising the developers of the Britomart Precinct on City Rail Link matters.

Work highlights

  • Following a favourable decision from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in late 2017 granting consent to the mining application, Atkins Holm Majurey and Justin Smith QC represented Tasman Resources (TTR) in a four day hearing before the High Court in relation to the seven appeals brought against the EPA decision.
  • Advised, and continues to advise and represent, the interests of Cooper and Company – the developers of the Britomart Precinct – on City Rail Link (CRL) matters
  • Acted for a supporters group in obtaining consents for a marina at Kennedy Point, Waiheke last year.
  • Represented a number of clients in relation to resource matters in Queenstown, including matters involving a plan change, and resource consents for accommodation options including hotels and residential developments.
  • Advised, and continues to advise interest groups on the implications arising from the proposed Water Conservation Order (WCO) on the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers, and the best and most effective strategic approach to the hearing on this proposed WCO.

Tompkins Wake

Tompkins Wake's Hamilton office advises on environmental and resource management law, assisting clients with the Resource Management Act and associated legislation. The firm is a key player in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, where it acts for numerous local government authorities, large corporate farming entities and private clients. Its work encompasses resource consents, designations of land, district plan reviews, environmental due diligence and enforcement actions. Theresa Le Bas has almost 30 years' experience in resource management and local government law. Bridget Parham and Marianne Mackintosh are the other key partners.


“Responsive and professional, Theresa Le Bas provides exceptional service, responsiveness and excellent RMA advice.”

“There is a wide range of legal expertise in a large team with number of partners across the RMA field. Locally based in Hamilton, it is accessible and face-to-face contact easy.”

“Bridget Parham is an expert in her field. She provides excellent written work – very clear and logical, making it easy to understand. She also provides excellent verbal direction and advice – often on the spot or off the cuff without any research. She knows the basics for resource consents inside out and is very organised when it comes to appeal proceedings.”

“Bridget Parham provides incredibly timely advice and makes herself very accessible – at almost any time of day – she is responsive and quick to support staff with wide range of questions.”

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Otorohanga District Council

Rotorua Lakes Council

Waikato District Council

Waipa District Council

Work highlights

  • Represented Waikato District Council in a private plan change application.
  • Representing a company facing charges under the Resource Management Act 1991.
  • Representing a client facing charges concerning water discharges.
  • Representing a client facing charges concerning water discharges.
  • Representing a client applying for resource consents to upgrade and expand a city’s wastewater treatment plant and introduce a new discharge of treated wastewater to a nationally significant freshwater body.