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 > Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

(Leading individuals)

Allison Arthur-YoungRussell McVeagh

The team at Russell McVeagh acts for operators, owners, investors, infrastructure funders and the New Zealand Government on a broad variety of matters across the aviation, airport, shipping, port, rail and road industries. In Wellington, Mei-Fern Johnson serves as a specialist in joint ventures, commercial contracting and project work, serving as practice co-head alongside Auckland-based Daniel Minhinnick, who often represents developers involved in schemes with major transport elements; he works alongside Allison Arthur-Young, an authority in district and regional planning, resource management and public law issues, as well as water, wastewater and municipal waste expert Simon Pilkinton.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Allison Arthur-YoungRussell McVeagh

‘Responsive, timely, reassuring and engaging’, the team at Russell McVeagh has demonstrable expertise advising on procurement, development, planning and environmental issues across a myriad of sectors and industries, including energy, transport, ports, utilities and telecoms. In Auckland, the ‘responsive’ Daniel Minhinnick leads the firm’s environment, planning and natural resources practice, and is noted for his experience in contentious and non-contentious matters therein. Environmental specialist Allison Arthur-Young focuses on development and large-scale infrastructure projects, whilst Simon Pilkinton is recommended for his experience in the water, wastewater, municipal waste and port sectors. The Wellington office is home to Mei Fern Johnson who is chiefly recognised for her advising on complex commercial contracting.