Environment and Planning

Ongoing amendments to the Resource Management Act and environmental legislation coupled with regular changes in national, regional and district policies and rules means anyone seeking to influence council plans or gain project approvals needs the best legal advice.

We can work with you across the entire spectrum of environmental and planning issues, providing you with the social and environmental licence to operate. Many of our environmental lawyers have worked in the industry so we can give you first-hand advice on the commercial challenges. Also, we regularly appear before local authorities and the Environment Court so we can offer you comprehensive practical advice before you start any project.

Our national team advises clients with strategic planning concerns impacting their industries, commercial developments as well as Māori interests.  We also provide realistic response strategies to minimise risks associated with environment and planning litigation, investigations and prosecutions.

Before you start your next project, talk to our environmental experts. We will make sure you get input at the planning stage and any necessary approvals to make your project a reality.

Recommended for "their organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to quickly understand key issues associated with a wide range of technical disciplines." Chambers Asia Pacific

How we help

  • Changing and working with planning rules
  • Obtaining all types of licences to operate
  • Due diligence when buying or selling land and businesses
  • Advocacy
  • Policy advice
  • Project management

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