Ms Catherine Somerville-Frost > Chapman Tripp > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Chapman Tripp
PO BOX 2206
New Zealand

Work Department

Projects and resource management.




Catherine is co-head of our energy and natural resources sector group.  She specialises in environment, planning and resource management law.  She has extensive experience in the project management of large developments, including advising on all levels of resource consenting and designation processes. Catherine advises clients in the fields of major infrastructure provision, mining industry and residential community development.  In addition to her work on significant infrastructure projects (including landfills, airports, ports, roading, electricity generation and railway assets), Catherine has advised on the consenting of, and ongoing environmental compliance of, mining activities (minerals and aggregate), including land and marine based mining, and major industrial discharges to air.  Catherine has also secured consenting via designation for a new runway at New Zealand’s largest airport, high pressure gas transmission pipelines and telecommunications assets, and advised various energy companies on consenting and re-consenting of generation assets (hydro, geothermal, gas and wind).


Catherine is a member of the New Zealand Law Society


BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland; Admitted 1999

Lawyer Rankings

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

Chapman Tripp has a broad-ranging transport practice that handles the funding, procurement and establishment of road, rail, sea and air transport infrastructure for government agencies, airports, port companies and shipping operators. Among its clients are the New Zealand Transport Agency, Auckland International Airport, Queenstown Airport Corporation, Christchurch International Airport and Lyttelton Port Company. It draws on the experience of its environment and resource management specialist Jo Appleyard in Christchurch and, in Auckland, Paula Brosnahan and Catherine Somerville-Frost. Litigator John Knight is recognised as a leading expert in insurance, maritime law and resource management disputes.