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Bell Gully

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

Distinguished team with a strong focus across the resources sector, providing excellent water, electricity and geothermal advice to leading corporations. Outstanding offering of specialist knowledge in the oil and gas sector, with substantial expertise in a range of matters including gas supply agreements. Adept at handling M&A transactions and disputes in relation to the energy sector. Strong capability in the environment and resource management sector, including advice on consents and designations for large infrastructure and property developments.

Strengths

Clients appreciate the team's "good-quality, pragmatic advice," with one interviewee noting: "It gets straight to the point, where that is possible, rather than going into unnecessarily lengthy opinions."

Another praises the practice's "attention to detail, knowledge of our interests and proactive and up-front approach to matters."

Work highlights

Advised Transpower on a contentious application for a resource consent to realign the Hairini to Mount Maunganui A 110 kV transmission line.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Beatson is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of resource management issues and often advises on large infrastructure and energy projects. Clients appreciate that he is "pragmatic and straight to the point in the advice he offers."

David Coull garners praise for his expertise in oil and gas law as well as his experience handling major transactions within the sector. One client describes him as an "outstanding commercial lawyer with good relationship skills and excellent legal and commercial judgement calls." Another says: "He was vital during negotiations and continues to give top-quality advice."

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Overview

Our energy team have worked on some of the most significant projects, transactions and litigation in New Zealand’s energy sector in recent years.

Bell Gully’s energy practice comprises lawyers with specialist expertise in corporate, litigation, regulatory and environmental matters. This group of lawyers acts for a number of major industry participants in the oil and gas and mining sectors, for geothermal developers and operators and for electricity generators, retailers and lines companies. Our team has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sector and the legal issues that are relevant to it.

Our energy lawyers have market-leading skills, expertise and experience, including:

  • specialist resources sector expertise, transactional and advisory experience based on extensive work in the sector over many years,​
  • a market-leading corporate team undertaking corporate and commercial transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, for a wide range of industry participants, and providing market-leading advice on energy projects and contracts,
  • particular expertise and experience in regulatory work, investigations and prosecutions in the energy sector including high hazard industries,
  • a property team with full environmental, leasing, land purchase and sale and hazardous substances capability, and
  • a litigation team with extensive experience in energy sector disputes, and a proven ability to win complex and high profile cases.

Clients

Auckland Transport

AWE Limited

Contact Energy Limited

Housing New Zealand

Meridan Energy Limited

TAG Oil Limited

Todd Energy Limited

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Bell Gully

firm
Department location

Vero Centre

48 Shortland Street

PO Box 4199

Auckland

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 3 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Article

Zero Carbon Bill update: discussion document seeks public feedback

Authors: Simon Watt, Claire Harmsworth, Kate Wevers, Sophie Davis, Eve Bain

Press Release

New report suggests the time is right to review the electricity sector

Authors: Garry Downs, David Coull, Chris Gordon

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

New Zealand

Energy & Natural Resources


David Coull
Band 1

Environment & Resource Management


Andrew Beatson
Band 1