Senior Associate, Christchurch

Jenna Silcock

Jenna Silcock



Jenna specialises in environment and resource management, and local government law.

She advises a wide range of local authority, government and corporate clients on a variety of resource management matters including RMA consenting, designations, district and regional planning, appeals and enforcement.  Jenna has appeared in the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal and before the Christchurch Replacement Plan Hearings Panels.

In addition to resource management and environmental law, Jenna also has experience in local government and administrative law, including judicial review proceedings as well as general civil litigation.  Her litigation experience includes contract disputes, insolvency and credit recovery.

  • Member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA), member of the National RMLA committee and committee member of the RMLA Canterbury branch
  • Member of the Canterbury Women's Legal Association
  • NZ Lawyer Rising Star 2020

Work highlights

Advising local authorities

including Christchurch City Council, Hurunui District Council, Mackenzie District Council, Selwyn District Council, and Waimakariri District Council on local government and resource management processes and procedures

Advising commercial clients

on a range of resource management matters including resource consenting, national, regional and district planning documents and enforcement

Acting for Hurunui District Council

in respect of appeals on its Proposed (second generation) District Plan and mediating agreements with all parties on each appeal

Acting for Mackenzie District Council

in declaration proceedings concerning the immediate effect of vegetation clearance provisions within the Mackenzie Basin

Advising the Crown on its All-of-Government submission

(on behalf of 22 Government departments and agencies) on the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan, including representation before the Independent Hearings Panel

Providing regulatory advice to local authorities

in relation to bylaws, the Resource Management Act and the Building Act

Alternate contacts

Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

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Cedric Carranceja

Special Counsel, Christchurch

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Kelly Paterson

Partner, Christchurch

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