Stephanie de Groot

Senior Associate - Environment and Planning

Stephanie is a Senior Associate in the Environment Team. She specialises in providing advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law to private and public sector clients including property developers, infrastructure providers and clients in the commercial, industrial, oil and gas, aquaculture and forestry sectors.

Stephanie is experienced in advising on a broad range of issues from consenting, planning and regulatory compliance through to due diligence for major acquisitions and divestments and environmental dispute resolution.  She regularly advises on complex and contentious matters.

Stephanie has a particular interest in climate change adaptation and response and regularly advises clients on climate change policy and compliance with the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Stephanie has a science background, and in addition to her legal qualifications has a bachelor of science majoring in geography and environmental science.  She also has previous experience in the regulatory services department of the Auckland Regional Council (now Auckland Council), contributing to the former air quality, industrial and trade processes and coastal teams.

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Professional background

Recent work

Trusted advisor to Z Energy

Advising Z Energy on its environmental obligations and commitments in relation to its on-going operations and new developments.  Our advice ranges from Z’s approach to resource consenting through to contaminated land and hazardous substances management to food and water safety.

Major resource management reforms for New Zealand Government

Advising the New Zealand Government on its comprehensive and transformational reform of the country’s entire resource management system. The work is planned over several years covering the policy development, drafting and select committee stages of the various Bills.

Planning and consenting advice for Brightside hospital

Providing specialist planning and consenting advice to Southern Cross on its request for a private plan change to the Auckland Unitary Plan (PPC21), and a concurrent resource consent application, to enable the expansion of its existing Brightside Hospital.

Development agreement for dairy processing company

Assisting a dairy processing company in the establishment of a new, large-scale nutritional powder manufacturing facility. The facility required significant infrastructure connections, including to a district council’s freshwater, wastewater and roading networks.

Climate Change Advice

Advising a New Zealand Crown entity on a new climate change policy framework that sets targets to reduce corporate emissions and decarbonise their investment equities portfolio.

CH4 Global

Assisting CH4 to obtain the necessary resource consent to enable it to trial the commercial marine farming of Asparagopsis armarta – an Australian and New Zealand-native, naturally abundant seaweed that can reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals.

Navigating criminal charges

Trusted legal adviser to organisations facing criminal charges under the Resource Management Act 1991 in relation to unintentional discharges of contaminants.  We assisted these organisations through all stages of this difficult process and assisted them to mange engagement with key stakeholders.

Admitted

  • 2011, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB, BSc, University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Resource Management and Planning
  • Environment
  • Energy and Resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Forestry
  • Public Law
  • Local Government
  • Climate change and the Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Aquaculture