Philip Maw > Wynn Williams > Christchurch, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Wynn Williams
New Zealand

Work Department

Resource Management & Environmental Law


National Managing Partner


Philip is experienced in a wide range of resource management and local government matters, with particular expertise in freshwater management.

Philip is a highly skilled advocate and regularly appears on appeals to the Environment Court and High Court.  With degrees in both science and law, he is able to readily assimilate complex technical information often associated with resource management projects.

As lead legal advisor to Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland, Philip is adept at managing client relationships and understands the complexities associated with achieving strategic outcomes within the confines of the law.  In these roles he has led the development of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (including sub-region catchment sections giving effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014) and the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan.  He has also advised Regional Councils on:

  • All stages of plan development, from inception through to resolution of appeals, including regional and district plans, and regional policy statements;
  • All stages of resource consenting, including for quarrying, stormwater discharge, retail development, water takes, irrigation schemes, hydro-electricity schemes, subdivision and industrial developments;
  • Water Conservation Orders;
  • Judicial review on notification decisions; and
  • Declaration proceedings, in both the Environment Court and the High Court. Philip has also served on the National Committee of the Resource Management Law Association.


NZ Law Society Standards Committee
NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants Insolvency Special Interest Group
Resource Management Law Association



Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Philip MawWynn Williams

The firm’s administration of complex, multi-party cases and the respect it gets from the Court is the best I have seen‘, says a client of the resource management and environment practice at Wynn Williams. The firm is a prominent player in resource management, environmental and natural resources matters, particularly in the South Island. The practice is led from Christchurch by Philip Maw and resource management specialist Lucy de Latour. Maw is a recognised advisor of regional councils, with particular expertise in freshwater planning policy development, and clients describe him as ‘an excellent presenter and communicator‘. Up-and-coming partner Kirstie Wyss is ‘approachable and yet very professional‘ and Michelle Mehlhopt is recommended for district and regional planning, resource consents, enforcement and strategic advice to local authorities. Alongside freshwater management, the firm frequently advises on energy and natural resources matters.