Philip Milne

About Philip Milne

Philip Milne is a specialist Environmental / Resource Management lawyer with more than 21 years experience in the Local Government and Environmental Law field. He has been in practice since 1989, a partner at Simpson Grierson from 1997 to 2010 and Special Counsel from July 2010. Philip is now practicing as a Barrister based in Waterfront Chambers Wellington. He is available for instruction in relation to matters anywhere in New Zealand. He is also available as an independent commissioner.

Philip has extensive experience in environmental and public law, including dispute resolution, advocacy, plan drafting and review, strategy, policy and RMA project management, strategic advice and judicial review. He has been an author of Brookers Resource Management since 1991. He is an accredited Independent Resource Management Commissioner with significant experience in chairing a wide range of hearings, including some high profile hearings in Canterbury.

Philip's background in geography, law and local government, leads to a good understanding of related disciplines and a practical and strategic approach to practice. His practice covers the full range of RMA work and he has particular experience in relation to infrastructure projects, natural resource management and allocation, water and coastal law, as well as other regional and urban issues.

Philip has regularly represented clients before Regional and District Councils and the Environment Court in relation to resource consent applications, notice of requirement, plan provisions, enforcement and other matters. He has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to RMA appeals and judicial review proceedings.

Over recent years Phil has advised and represented a range of clients, including local authorities, government agencies, companies and individuals, on a wide range of Resource Management Act and related environmental and local government issues. He also has considerable experience in drafting and reviewing regional and district plans and RPS.

Philip has particular expertise in infrastructure projects. He was lead counsel for the Minister of Corrections for all new prison projects and redevelopments until 2007 and until recently acted for NZTA/Transit on a number of projects including the Christchurch Southern Motorway and Nelson Southern Link. He has acted on a large number of wastewater and water supply projects for applicants and regional councils.

Philip was lead counsel in relation to a number of significant infrastructure projects, including 5 new Prison facilities, Christchurch Southern Motorway, various waste water treatment projects and an irrigation scheme. Philip has been primary RMA advisor and counsel for Taranaki and Hawkes Bay Regional Councils for over a decade and has also in the past acted for Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils and Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Councils. He is currently acting for the EPA advising a Board of Inquiry.