Energy & Natural Resources Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Specialist expertise in resource management issues, with particular experience in the coastal marine area. Diverse practice with a strong offering for heritage and conservation projects, advising on Māori legal issues. The team frequently assists clients in obtaining consent applications for major infrastructure and construction projects. Advises a range of public sector organisations, government agencies, district councils and companies from the utilities and construction sectors.

Strengths "They have been great additions to our project teams," reports a client, going on to describe the lawyers as "flexible, collaborative and proactive in managing risk."

Other clients offer praise for the firm's "winning model" and endorse the team members highly: "They have a great technical knowledge and understanding of New Zealand environmental law but are also able to understand our needs and what we wanted out of this."

Work highlights Assisted Auckland Transport with the LRCI Project, which included advice on the pre-lodgement phase, representation in the council hearing and successful resolution of appeals in the Environment Court.

Notable practitioners

New entry to the rankings Christina Sheard has two decades of experience handling mandates on behalf of government entities, domestic property companies and international corporates. She regularly assists clients on consent strategy in relation to transport and infrastructure projects and advises on a range of issues in connection with the Resource Management Act.

Nicky McIndoe rises in the rankings after receiving extensive praise from market sources and clients for her planning and environment practice. She focuses her practice on resource management and regularly advises clients on the implications of local government policy and water conservation orders. She is also well placed to handle enforcement litigation in the Environment Court. "She is one of the foremost experts and she understands the cultural issues, which gives her a strategic benefit," notes a source.