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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand
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Environment, Planning and Natural Resources




Daniel’s practice specialises in resource management and environmental litigation, and providing advice to major development projects. He is recognised as a leading environmental litigator in the New Zealand market, and his expertise has led him to assist on a variety of projects including residential, retail, commercial and industrial, energy and infrastructure projects, mining and hazardous waste facilities. He works with some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses such as Fonterra, Summerset and a number of significant Council controlled organisations.

Daniel has a significant knowledge of environment and planning law, and offers advice for a range of clients on district and regional planning matters and legislative reform, local government matters and Public Works Act issues.

He is the National Practice Group Chair for Russell McVeagh’s Environment, Planning and Natural Resources Group. He was admitted to practise in 2005 and has been at Russell McVeagh since. He was made partner in 2016.


New Zealand Law Society’s Environmental Law Committee


LLB (Hons), BSc, University of Auckland

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Daniel MinhinnickRussell 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)

(Leading individuals)

Daniel MinhinnickRussell 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.