Esther specialises in environmental and resource management law, acting for a range of public and private sector clients including local authorities, charitable organisations and large commercial companies.
Esther has appeared in council-level, Environment Court and High Court hearings and mediations on resource consenting and planning matters. She was part of the pro bono legal team that successfully represented the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) and SAFE in High Court judicial review proceedings relating to the use of pig farrowing crates, and is on the pro bono legal team for NZALA and SAFE in current High Court judicial review proceedings relating to rodeo practices in New Zealand.
Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Esther worked in health and social care regulatory law for a firm in London as well as in the dispute resolution group at New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development.
- Member of the Resource Management Law Association
- Executive Member of the New Zealand Animal Law Association
Acting for Creswell NZ
in Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings regarding the consenting of a water bottling plant expansion
Representing Tararua District Council
in Environment Court appeals regarding the reconsenting of its Pahiatua and Eketāhuna wastewater infrastructure
Representing Hutt City Council
in the consenting of the Eastern Bays Shared Path project in Eastbourne, Wellington
Acting on a pro-bono basis for the New Zealand Animal Law Association and Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE)
in judicial review proceedings regarding the use of, and policy and laws around, pig farrowing crates and rodeo
Advising Pāmu (Landcorp)
on various resource management issues including Waikato Regional Council's Proposed Regional Plan Change 1, certificates of compliance, consent lapse periods, and general RMA compliance and enforcement
Assisting with the resource consent preparation for RiverLink
a partnership project between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council involving flood protection, roading and infrastructure works in and around Te Awa Kairangi