Senior Solicitor, Wellington

Libby Cowper

Libby Cowper



Libby specialises in resource management and Māori law.

She has particular expertise advising the Crown on Treaty of Waitangi settlements and in the consenting of infrastructure projects. 

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Libby worked at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority where she assisted the development of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

Work highlights

Advising the Office for Māori Crown Relations

(Te Arawhiti) on Treaty of Waitangi settlement processes, deeds and legislation

Advising Greater Wellington Regional Council

on the renewal of its global resource consent applications for flood protection works

Advising Genesis Energy

on matters related to reconsenting the operation of the Combined Waitaki Power Scheme

Advising Hutt City Council

on its ability to use powers in the Local Government Act 2002 to compulsorily acquire land and assisting in related High Court litigation

Advising Hutt City Council

on the consenting of the Eastern Bays Shared Path Project

Secondment to Horizons Regional Council

in 2019 to advise on Proposed Plan Change 2

Alternate contacts

David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law. He is a…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations, …

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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law, general civil litigation and Māori law. He…

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