Kathy specialises in environment and resource management, local government, and public law. She has extensive experience working on large infrastructure projects, mediating planning appeals and consenting developments.
Kathy has appeared in the High Court, Environment Court, Boards of Inquiry and Council hearings. She also represents clients in negotiations and mediations. Kathy has particular expertise in coastal issues, particularly aquaculture, having assisted mussel farmers to obtain consents for mussel farms in the North Island.
In addition to litigation and advisory work, Kathy has also provided pragmatic advice to clients on the environmental aspects of a broad range of property and commercial transactions.
Kathy has also worked for the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in London as an in-house adviser to a government department. In this role, Kathy advised on judicial review proceedings and public law decision-making.
- Member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA)
Acting for the NZ Transport Agency
on several projects including the East West Link project
Advising Auckland Council
on a number of High Court and Environment Court appeals on the Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in Part)
Appearing in the High Court
for a client with an objection to the proposed taking of land under the Public Works Act 1981
Advising clients on coastal issues
including assisting Westpac Mussels to obtain coastal permits to expand a mussel farm in Northland and advice about other applications around the North Island
Appearing at a Board of Inquiry hearing
for the Albert-Eden Local Board regarding NZ Transport Agency's Waterview Connection project
Advising Heritage New Zealand
on various planning matters, including appearing at a Board of Inquiry regarding the Contact Energy, Hauāuru mā raki wind farm project