New Zealand is working on significant and transformational transport projects.  We are a preferred legal provider, and are proud to support clients as they deliver these projects.


We work on New Zealand's most significant and transformational transport projects

We are a preferred legal provider for a number of New Zealand's most significant and transformational transport projects.

Our team includes New Zealand's largest environmental, resource management and Māori law team. We also have expertise in:

  • Procurement
  • Property and construction
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Banking and financial services.

We give advice to clients across the transport sector, including:

  • Transport regulation and policy
  • Resource management
  • Property
  • Construction
  • Commercial and procurement issues
  • Employment law.

We have been appointed to multiple large-scale transport projects

We have been appointed to act on two major transport projects — the Auckland Light Rail and Let's Get Wellington Moving. For each project, we are one of two New Zealand law firms. These appointments reinforce our strong position in the market.

Work highlights

Auckland Light Rail

We advise Auckland Light Rail on the consenting and property aspects of the Auckland Light Rail project. Read more here

Let's Get Wellington Moving

We advise the Consortium of Local Authorities and the Crown on all aspects of the Let's Get Wellington Moving project.  Read more here

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

We advised Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on the resolution of complex land rights in relation to roading projects, and negotiating and drafting a range of documents including entry agreements, temporary land access agreements, Māori cultural and land issues, acquisition agreements, easements, tunnel agreements, mitigation agreements, and Public Works Act matters and in relation to the planning and environmental frameworks in the Bay of Plenty, Whangārei and Northland.

City Rail Link

We advised Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on the City Rail Link project and the Auckland Light Rail project.  Read more here 


We advised the project partners (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council) on the RiverLink project to deliver a series of critical infrastructure and urban design upgrades for the Hutt City CBD.

Te Tupu Ngātahi - Supporting Growth Alliance (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport)

We are part of the Supporting Growth Alliance in Auckland - a five-seven year programme of work to obtain approvals for a new and upgraded transport network throughout greater Auckland.

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel has earned his reputation as a leading practitioner in the property sector by developing strong and lasting relationships with…

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David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law…

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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law. He has advised clients at the heart of intensive RMA…

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Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London…

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Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education…

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Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

Jennifer specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law, with extensive experience as a strategic…

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John Buchan

Partner, Christchurch

John specialises in corporate and commercial law and in particular, commercial property. He acts on a wide range of transactions…

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Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations…

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Paula Ormandy

Partner, Auckland

Paula specialises in leasing, property development, and high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals. …

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Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

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Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in commercial contracting, information and…

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Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Sherridan specialises in advocacy and commercial litigation, with considerable expertise and experience in…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure in…

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Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

Terence specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law…

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Thaddeus Ryan

Partner, Wellington

Thad specialises in resource management and Māori law. Thad has a particular specialty in RMA consenting and…

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Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and infrastructure projects…

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Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

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Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa specialises in resource management, infrastructure, and environmental law.…

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