Rachel Devine > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Real Estate


Partner – Environment


Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel was President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association during 2018 and 2019.

Rachel was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1996 and in England and Wales in 2000.




Member, International Environmental Lawyers Network

Member, The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ)


Associate Environmental Auditor, IEMA & QSA (2001)

LLB (Hons), University of Waikato (1996)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Hall of Fame)

Rachel DevineMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts‘ practice works with teams from other disciplines, such as head of real estate David Gilbert and corporate and commercial consultant Paul Foley, to advise on large-scale infrastructure and construction projects, acting for major construction and developer clients, government entities and funders. For the government it acted also as primary advisor on reform of the resource management system, led by environmental and resource management specialist Rachel Devine, as well as assisting with the Covid-19 response regarding fast-tracking environmental consenting. The firm has a focus on project financings, including private project financings in the irrigation sector, with banking and finance partner Steve Gallaugher providing expertise in acquisition finance and refinancings. Sarah Sinclair brings the construction expertise; she worked on the Christchurch Earthquake rebuild projects with fellow construction specialist Travis Tomlinson. Resource management and environmental law specialist Bianca Tree advises on planning and resource consent strategies and is skilled in dispute resolution including before the Environment Court and High Court. Tom Fail left the firm in December 2020.