Partner, Auckland

Board of Management

Jennifer Caldwell

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Jennifer specialises in environment and resource management, and local government, with extensive experience as a strategic adviser and specialist litigator in the Environment Court, High Court and higher courts. She is a leading New Zealand lawyer advising on consent and designation projects and strategic planning processes. 

Jennifer advises a wide range of public and private sector organisations. She has assisted local government, health and energy sector clients to obtain resource consent for major infrastructure projects, including the America's Cup Viaduct Basin, Auckland City Art Gallery, the Auckland City Hospital, and the Wairakei geothermal power station. 

Jennifer was a principal legal adviser to Auckland City Council prior to amalgamation, and is now lead adviser to Auckland Council on the development of the first Unitary Plan for Auckland.  In 2007 she took up an in-house position as Legal Director with ALDAR Properties PJSC, the largest publicly listed property and infrastructure developer in Abu Dhabi, UAE, returning to Buddle Findlay in 2012.  Her experience in-house and in private practice gives her unique insights into the efficient and effective provision of legal services to complex clients.

  • Australasian Lawyer magazine has named Jennifer as one of 50 "Women to watch" in Australia and New Zealand for her local government sector practice

Work highlights

Acting as Special Counsel - Unitary Plan for Auckland Council

on the process for and preparation of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, including project management of all legal advice required in relation to the Plan

Acting as lead adviser to Auckland Council

on a range of Unitary Plan topics before the Independent Hearings Panel, including Coastal, Infrastructure, Mana Whenua, Biodiversity, Definitions, Designations, Public Open Space, Social Infrastructure

Advising Auckland Council's independent planning commissioners

on the notices of requirement for designations to construct the City Rail Link

Acting for Waipa and Waikato District Councils

on notices of requirement for designations in respect of the Southern Links roading project, including Environment Court appeals

Acting for Auckland Council

on an Environment Court appeal in respect of the Stoney Ridge Quarry, Waiheke Island

Acting for Contact Energy

on re-consenting the Wairakei and Poihipi geothermal power stations


Alternate contacts

Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Partner, Auckland

Patrick specialises in environment and resource management, local government, and public law. Patrick advises on a wide range of...

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Vanessa Evitt

Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa is a member of the environment and resource management team and specialises in resource management, environmental and local gov...

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