Special Counsel, Wellington

Thaddeus Ryan

Thad Ryan


Thad specialises in resource management and Māori law, assisting developers, councils and other stakeholders to navigate complex and contentious Resource Management Act (RMA) and related consenting and planning processes.

Thad has a particular specialty in RMA authorisations for large infrastructure projects.  Thad advises clients on all aspects of the consenting process and related processes for other environmental consents and the acquisition of land.  He is experienced in working with technical experts and project team members to oversee the production of technical reports, statements of evidence and other supporting documentation necessary for consenting processes for large-scale infrastructure projects.

Thad has appeared at council level hearings and in front of Boards of Inquiry, the Environment Court and the Court of Appeal.  He regularly attends Environment Court facilitated mediation of appeals on RMA consents and plans.

Prior to rejoining Buddle Findlay, Thad spent three years at a boutique London planning law firm focusing on consent application and litigation processes in respect of major infrastructure projects.

Work highlights

Advising the NZ Transport Agency

on a range of significant transport developments, including the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, Mt Messenger project, Ngauranga to Petone shared path, Petone to Grenada link road, and the Ōtaki to north of Levin highway

Advising Gisborne District Council

on its replacement Regional Freshwater Plan, including through Environment Court mediation and litigation processes in respect of all appeals on the Freshwater Plan

Acting for the Crown

in respect of the proposed Christchurch Replacement Plan process, and appearing in front of the Independent Hearings Panel considering the proposed Plan

Acting for Horizons Regional Council

and appearing in the Environment Court in respect of declaratory proceedings under the Resource Management Act relating to the implementation of the Regional One Plan

Advising a range of councils, developers and other clients

on RMA and related processes including on appeals against proposed plan changes

Advising councils and government agencies

on compulsory acquisition of land processes, and in particular the interface of those processes with RMA consenting processes

Alternate contacts

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, …

  • DDI +64 4 462 0406
  • M +64 21 276 9322


David Allen

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 462 0423
  • M +64 21 955 744


David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law. He has advised clients at the heart of intensive RMA processes…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0450
  • M +64 21 742 863