DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Simpson Grierson

Energy & Natural Resources

3 ranked lawyersBand 2New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Full-service Auckland-based offering with an established reputation in the energy market. The team is noted for its strength in the area of upstream oil and gas, advising on regulatory and consent applications. Acts on many of the major water and wastewater projects in Auckland, and has a broad range of expertise across all aspects of environmental law. Noted for excellent government work as well as handling projects on behalf of significant private sector clients. Also able to represent clients in environmental appeals before the Environment Court.

Strengths

Clients are quick to praise the firm's depth in resource management matters, with one stating: "They have a very high degree of expertise in Resource Management Act work, effectively identifying key issues and options. They prepare thoroughly, ensuring the client is well informed, and provide assistance wherever possible, in an effort to make a complex process as straightforward as possible."

Another source appreciates that team lawyers "are very up-to-date on case law" and have the "ability to propose solutions which are outside the box."

Work highlights

Acted for iwi authority Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on a range of water, policy and resource-related matters, including environmental appeals, protection of cultural interests and various resource consent proposals.

Notable practitioners

Bill Loutit is well regarded in the market for his litigation skills and resource management practice, with one source stating: "He is highly experienced, understands what makes submitters and appellants tick, and provides good advice on how best to reach a win/win outcome."

James Winchester is highly regarded for his advice to local councils and other public sector clients on a range of regulatory and contentious issues within the oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure spheres. One client observes: "He asks the tough questions and provides sufficiently detailed and clear advice as to allow us to consider not just his legal recommendations, but also the risks and other considerations of pursuing different options."

Sarah Scott focuses on planning and policy matters within the resource management area. One client finds her "very strategic," and stresses her "great ability to communicate using ordinary language with clients, to negotiate with other parties and to think of solutions that are outside of the box."

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New Zealand

Environment & Resource Management


Bill Loutit
Band 3
James Winchester
Band 2
Sarah Scott
Up and Coming