Kathy specialises in environment and resource management, local government, and public law.
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.
Acting for the NZ Transport Agency
on several projects including the East West Link project
Advising Auckland Council
about several appeals on the Auckland Unitary Plan
Advising clients on coastal issues
including acting for a mussel farmer to obtain coastal permits to expand a mussel farm in Northland
Appearing in the High Court
for a client with an objection to the proposed taking of land under the Public Works Act 1981
Appearing at several Board of Inquiry hearings
including the Hauāuru mā raki wind farm project and the Waterview Connection
Acting for Foodstuffs North Island
on plan changes and consent applications for retail developments in the upper North Island