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

Southern Cross Hospitals Limited

Assisting Southern Cross with a private plan change request and resource consent application to enable the expansion of its Brightside Hospital in Epsom.

Tip Top deal

Assisting Froneri with environmental due diligence related to its acquisition of Fonterra’s Tip Top ice-cream business through its Australian ice-cream subsidiary, Peter’s Ice Cream.

Ports of Auckland

Assisting Ports of Auckland Limited with submissions on policy proposals affecting its Hydrogen Demonstration Project; a project that supports Ports of Auckland’s 2040 carbon zero target.

International Association of Geophysical Contractors

Advising the International Association of Geophysical Contractors on the implications of the Government’s decision to ban all new offshore exploration and mining in New Zealand by way of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Act 2019.

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Advising Westpac with a proposed forestry sink arrangement to offset carbon emissions as part of its work towards an Enviro-mark certification.


  • 2011, New Zealand


  • LLB, BSc, University of Auckland


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