Allison Arthur-Young > Russell McVeagh > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment, Planning and Natural Resources




Allison’s practice and considerable experience covers 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 legislative reform and policy matters.

As well as her environmental and consenting expertise, she also provides expert advice to clients on a range of local government issues including development contributions and rates, the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, information disclosure and the role of local authorities in decision making. She is known for her ‘big picture’ outlook and has worked with some of New Zealand’s biggest corporations. She regularly appears before Council hearing panels, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, the Environment Court, and the High Court.

Allison has been an elected member of Russell McVeagh’s board continuously since 2018 and is currently the firm’s Board Chair.  Prior to her role on the Board, she was the National Practice Group Chair for the firm’s Environment, Planning and Natural Resources team. She joined Russell McVeagh in 2005 and was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2003.

Allison was named as one of NZ Lawyer’s Most Influential Lawyer’s 2021 in the Changemaker category.

Allison is the author of the Climate Change chapter in leading resource management textbook Environmental and Resource Management Law (7th Ed).


Resource Management Law Association and Global Women.


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

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Allison Arthur-YoungRussell 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.

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

(Leading individuals)

Allison Arthur-YoungRussell 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.