Senior Associate, Auckland

Kathy Wilson



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.

Work highlights

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


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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Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Jennifer specialises in environment and resource management, and local government, with extensive experience as a strategic adviser...

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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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