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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment, Planning and Natural Resources




Simon is an environmental and resource management law specialist, with extensive experience in major infrastructure projects and commercial developments.

He has significant experience advising on resource consent applications, notices of requirement and district and regional planning matters for a wide range of clients including infrastructure providers, network utility operators and commercial developers. Simon’s recent experience also includes assisting a range of clients across New Zealand on Resource Management reform and proposed national policy statements, with a particular focus on major freshwater and biodiversity reforms.

Simon began his career at Russell McVeagh in 2010, and was promoted to Senior Solicitor in 2014. He took 2015 off work to travel before returning to the firm in 2016. He was promoted to partner in 2020.


Simon is a member of the Resource Management Law Association.


LLB (First Class Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Simon Pilkinton  – Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh offers significant breadth and depth in the transportation sector. The firm advises on a range of matters in the aviation sector, including planning, regulatory control provisions of the Commerce Act, and on process and methodologies for establishing airport landing charges. On the shipping side, the team has specialist maritime law expertise and its expertise includes advice on chartering and drydocking arrangements and ports and berths access. Key partners in Auckland include Daniel Minhinnick, the national chair of the environment, planning and natural resources group, and Allison Arthur-Young, who specialises in development and large-scale infrastructure projects, along with district and regional planning policy. Simon Pilkinton advises infrastructure providers and major urban developers on all aspects of resource management and environmental law, with expertise in the water, municipal waste, and ports sectors. On the commercial side, Mei Fern Johnson advises on M&A and investment in (and procurement of) infrastructure, transport and energy (including oil and gas) projects, and collaborative contracting.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Next Generation Partners)

Simon PilkintonRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh’s resource management and environment heads Daniel Minhinnick, who provides ‘tailored, responsive commercial advice’, and Allison Arthur-Young advise transport entities on planning approvals for high-value projects such as in the rail, airport, ports and water resources areas. Newly promoted partner Simon Pilkinton represents clients creating mixed-use developments in negotiations with councils and gaining plan changes. Corporate advisory specialists Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington and Joe Windmeyer in Auckland advise on transactions in the energy sector, such as for electricity distribution companies, with Johnson additionally advising  on contracts and alliances for infrastructure projects.