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New Zealand's leading environment and resource management practice gets international recognition

25 February 2020

International legal directory Chambers and Partners (Chambers) has released their global rankings and Buddle Findlay's environment and resource management practice has come out on top in New Zealand with five partners ranked. 

Chambers conducts annual independent research of the top law firms worldwide and collects information on organisations, individuals and the marketplace.  For our ranked partners, Chambers evaluated their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service.  Part of Chambers research process is feedback from clients (referees).  It is to the credit of the whole practice that clients give positive feedback and we are proud of the work they do.

"We are very proud of the feedback and recognition our team has received.  The recognition and comments reflect the depth and experience of our 30 strong national environmental and RMA team and the quality of the work we are lucky to be entrusted with by our clients around the country." – David Allen, partner

What Chambers says about our ranked partners

David Allen advises energy companies, regional councils and government agencies on matters across the spectrum of resource management and environmental law, with a particular focus on infrastructure and development projects.  One client singles him out as a "very good operator" who is "a pleasure to work with."

David Randal continues to advise on a broad scope of environmental and resource management mandates and offers expertise in conservation and Māori law issues.  He assists clients with obtaining planning and environmental approvals as well as representing clients in hearings before the Environment Court and Court of Appeal.

New entry to the rankings Jennifer Caldwell advises on a number of resource management and local government issues and is particularly well versed in contentious mandates, with experience litigating in the Environment Court and the High Court.  "She takes time to explain complex legal matters and is excellent to work with," according to a client.

Patrick Mulligan enters the rankings after winning endorsements from market sources for his contentious environment and resource management practice.  His recent experience involves acting on appeals in relation to transport and infrastructure projects.  "He is capable, and gets involved in big projects," confirms a peer.

Paul Beverley maintains his reputation as a market-leading practitioner in the resource management and conservation law space.  He offers extensive experience in advising on consenting strategy, plan changes and issues surrounding Māori and Treaty settlement.  Sources highlight the valuable experience gained during his former role at the Department of Conservation, noting:  "He is a good operator with a great knowledge of the concessions process."