Buddle Findlay

Energy & Natural Resources Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for High-quality resource management practice acknowledged for its expertise in the electricity industry and its in-depth knowledge of Māori law. Significant presence in the environmental law space, advising clients on large infrastructure projects and national and local government policy development. Dedicated offering in the climate change and emissions space, advising on regulatory matters concerning the petroleum industry. Takes on marine consent applications in connection with offshore platform operations, and landfill sites. Acts on behalf of several regional and district councils, as well as advising companies from the water, power and energy sectors.

Strengths"I've never had any complaints about their work; they have the relevant experience and do an excellent job," notes one client, describing the lawyers as "consistently thorough, responsive and extremely reliable."

According to another client, the team offers a "commercial and pragmatic approach, and expertise in the area."

Work highlights Advised New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport on the Supporting Growth programme to obtain approvals for an upgraded transport network throughout greater Auckland.

Notable practitioners

David Allen advises energy companies, regional councils and government agencies on matters across the spectrum of resource management and environmental law, with a particular focus on infrastructure and development projects. One client singles him out as a "very good operator" who is "a pleasure to work with."

David Randal continues to advise on a broad scope of environmental and resource management mandates and offers expertise in conservation and Māori law issues. He assists clients with obtaining planning and environmental approvals as well as representing clients in hearings before the Environment Court and Court of Appeal.

New entry to the rankings Jennifer Caldwell advises on a number of resource management and local government issues and is particularly well versed in contentious mandates, with experience litigating in the Environment Court and the High Court. "She takes time to explain complex legal matters and is excellent to work with," according to a client.

Patrick Mulligan enters the rankings after winning endorsements from market sources for his contentious environment and resource management practice. His recent experience involves acting on appeals in relation to transport and infrastructure projects. "He is capable, and gets involved in big projects," confirms a peer.

Paul Beverley maintains his reputation as a market-leading practitioner in the resource management and conservation law space. He offers extensive experience in advising on consenting strategy, plan changes and issues surrounding Māori and Treaty settlement. Sources highlight the valuable experience gained during his former role at the Department of Conservation, noting: "He is a good operator with a great knowledge of the concessions process."