Mr Pat Mulligan > Buddle Findlay > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment and resource management; local government; public law.


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 –


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.


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

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Buddle Findlay‘s advises clients in the transport sector on regulation and policy, resource management, property, construction, commercial and procurement issues, and employment law. Its acts for both private and public sector clients, and is one of three firms on the panel of the New Zealand Transport Agency, which is responsible for delivery state highway projects. In addition, it assists numerous district and regional councils with a wide range of legal matters related to local road and other transport networks. Firm chair Paul Beverley in Wellington and resource management partner Pat Mulligan in Auckland lead the practice, which hired leading light Tom Bennett from Bell Gully. Bennett has almost 20 years’ experience in advising key clients Auckland Transport and Auckland Council on the procurement and development of public transport services and infrastructure.