Resume


Timeline


  • April 2011 commenced practice as a barrister
  • July 2010 - March 2011 Special Counsel Simpson Grierson
  • 1997 - 2010 Partner Simpson Grierson Local Government and Environment team
  • 1989 - 1996 Solicitor Brandon Brookfield and Simpson Grierson
  • 1986 - 1988 Working in London and travelling
  • 1984 - 1985 Contract work for North Canterbury Catchment Board 
  • 1984 - admitted to the Bar
  • 1978 - 1983 Canterbury University studying law and Geography

Prior clients and roles

  

  • Environmental Protection Authority (2011 advisor to a Board of Inquiry)
  • Ministry for the Environment (occasional advice)
  • Lead RMA counsel and advisor for Hawkes Bay and Taranaki Regional councils for over 15 years.
  • Acted for Horizons, Wellington and other regional councils at times.
  • Has advised and/or appeared for Wellington City Council, Kapiti Coast District, Hutt City, Masterton District, Christchurch CC and other TLA's.
  • Palmerston North City (waste water, road stopping and airport issues)
  • Department of Corrections (5 major projects)
  • Transit NZ and then NZTA (including 2 major projects)
  • Aoraki Water Trust and Rangitata South Irrigation schemes
  • Federated Farmers (nitrate issues)
  • Clutha District Council (wastewater treatment plant and water supply)
  • A range of other local government,  individual and commercial clients.
  • Various Commissioner roles for Environment Canterbury and others.

Indicative projects and cases


  • Extensive experience as an independent commissioner chair  including Kate Valley Landfill and Central Plains Irrigation (see separate profile).
  • Engaged by EPA to provide advice to a current Board of Inquiry.
  • Appeared at numerous Council consent, designation and Plan hearings.
  • Regular appearances in the Environment Court on a wide variety of issues.
  • High Court appeals and Judicial Review hearings 
  • Senior counsel in two Court of Appeal hearings.
  • Counsel for appellant in a recent Environment Court appeal regarding marine farms.
  • Counsel for Hawkes Bay Regional Council in the Environment Court in relation to a recent Direct Referral. (Mahia Wastewaster)
  • Lead Counsel for NZTA in relation to Christhchurch Southern Motorway designation and consent process, hearings and mediation.
  • Lead Counsel for Transit in relation to Nelson Southern arterial hearings.
  • Road stopping Environment Court hearings for Palmerston North City Council.
  • Palmerston North airport runway end extension hearings and mediation.
  • Biodiversity offset appeal for Hawke's Bay Regional Council.
  • Counsel for Federated Farmers in relation to Lake Taupo Nitrate issues
  • Counsel for Aoraki Water Trust in High Court proceedings relating to water allocation issues.
  • Lead Counsel for 4 Regional Prisons and for the Mt Eden upgrade, including Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Counsel and strategic advisor for Hutt City, Masterton, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Porirua and Clutha District Wastewater projects.
  • Legal advisor in relation to Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Manawatu Wanganui (Horizons) RPS and Plans. (not the Horizons One Plan)
  • Extensive involvement with the development of regional and district plans.
  • Appeals, enforcement work, legal and drafting advice for 3 Regional Councils, Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua and Hutt City Councils and Wellington Regional Council.
  • Prosecutions for Horizons Regional Council during the 90s
  • Defence counsel in relation to a number of environmental prosecutions.
  • Buller River Conservation Order Hearing (Macraes Mining and Tasman Energy).
  • Rangitata River Water Conservation Order Environment Court hearings (Timaru DC and Rangitata South Irrigation Ltd).
  • Counsel for Timberlands Sustainable Beech Management scheme (helicopter harvesting proposal).
  • Represented Hawkes Bay Regional Council in relation to injunction proceeding in relation to 1080 drops.
  • Represented Wellington City Council in relation to several Judicial Review proceedings and one consent appeal.
  • Represented Forest and Bird in a successful High Court appeal.
  • Junior Counsel for Regional Counsel in relation to 1990s Whanganui River Minimum Flows litigation.

Professional Activities, Papers and Appointments


  • Accredited Independent Commissioner (chair)
  • Brookers Resource Management - Author of the original (now withdrawn) chapter on Water Law and a current updating author.
  • Member of Resource Management Law Association (RMLA).
  • A number of papers and presentations on water allocation and management issues.
  • Presented the 2005 Salmon Lecture in Auckland (water allocation)
  • A paper for MFE relating to the management of cumulative effects.
  • Various workshops on the presentation of expert evidence and on rule and consent drafting.
  • Completed LEADR 4 day mediation course.
  • Has facilitated a number of workshops and training sessions on the drafting of plans and resource consent conditions and on expert evidence, enforcement, notification issues, the "permitted baseline", the management of cumulative effect, and water management issues.
  • Training of Councillors in RMA hearing procedures and other matters
  • Chair Cruising Committee New Zealand Yachting Federation
  • Vice President Wellington Gliding Club