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MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

A diverse and multidisciplinary practice across the energy market, including oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy. Developing its offering in the forestry sector and assists public and private sector clients on resource and planning consents for a broad range of large-scale projects. Also provides a comprehensive offering on climate change and emissions trading. Adept at representing clients in environmental disputes.

Strengths

Clients are quick to praise the level of experience and expertise at the firm, with one stating: "They have an extensive understanding of the industry that we operate in. The depth of their expertise is one reason why we use them. They listen to what we need and tailor their advice to match our needs. This means their advice is consistently provided in a way that is useful and helps to achieve our goals."

Another source says: "They are particularly strong in providing commercial and pragmatic advice that is solution-focused."

Work highlights

Acted for Pan Pac Forest Products with regard to securing the first forestry standing consent to be granted to a foreign investor under the terms of the Overseas Investment Act.

Notable practitioners

Paul Foley has "extensive experience in the energy and resource sector and his understanding of our needs means we are always in safe hands," says asource who adds: "His experience is particularly relevant where we need a strategic view on issues that cut across the sector." He handles major transactions and regulatory issues in the electricity sector.

Rachel Devine draws praise for her knowledge of the Resource Management Act as well as advising on planning permission for large developments, environmental prosecutions and climate change. One client finds that she is "very astute and extremely knowledgeable," adding: "She has an excellent grasp on the bigger picture. She understands pinch points and ways to resolve issues."

Sarah Sinclair is renowned for her considerable experience in advising major energy infrastructure projects, particularly within the upstream oil and gas and hydrogen sectors.

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Overview

MinterEllisonRuddWatts' Energy and Resources team has experience working with local and international clients on a diverse range of projects and has expertise across the electricity, coal, mining and metals, climate change, water, and oil and gas industries. The team works with clients across the entire spectrum of environmental and planning issues and regularly appear before local authorities and the Environment Court. They advise clients with strategic planning concerns impacting their industries, commercial developments as well as Māori interests.

Many of the team’s environmental lawyers have worked within the Energy and Natural Resource industry, providing first-hand advice on the commercial challenges. Team members are active within professional organisations and stay at the forefront of industry developments, and their expertise is recognised by board appointments in both the public and private sectors.

  • Advised Z Energy Limited, Air New Zealand Limited, Genesis Energy Limited and Contact Energy Limited on the establishment of the DrylandCarbon Partnership
  • Advised Ports of Auckland on all aspects of the procurement, construction and operation of New Zealand’s first hydrogen plant and refuelling station
  • Advised Z Energy on its $785 million acquisition of Chevron New Zealand
  • Advising Refining NZ on the development of New Zealand’s largest solar farm to supply 26.7MW direct to the Refinery

Members
Clients

Liquigas

Northpower

Ports of Auckland

Refining New Zealand

Taharoa

Trustpower

Z Energy

Energy & Natural Resources Department

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

firm
Department location

Level 22, PwC Tower

15 Customs Street West

Auckland City

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1010

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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


Sarah Sinclair
Band 1

Environment & Resource Management


Rachel Devine
Band 2