Special Counsel, Auckland

Vanessa Evitt



Vanessa specialises in environmental law and local government.  Vanessa advises clients on all aspects of resource management, environmental, and local government law.  She has particular expertise acting for local authority and private clients on large scale infrastructure projects and regularly represents clients at council hearings and before the Environment Court on resource management appeals 

In addition to litigation and advisory work, Vanessa has extensive experience in environmental and planning due diligence and has advised clients on the environmental aspects of a broad range of property and commercial transactions.

Vanessa recently advised Auckland Council (formerly Auckland City Council) on its upgrade of Aotea Square in Auckland’s CBD as well as the upgrade of Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  She has also advised the New Zealand Transport Agency on a number of its large roading projects, including the Rangiriri section of the Waikato Expressway and the North Western Motorway upgrades in Auckland, both being roads of national significance.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Vanessa spent 3 years in London working for Clifford Chance’s environment and planning team.  During that time she advised on the planning and environmental aspects of development projects and domestic and cross border acquisitions

Work highlights

Advising Auckland Council

on a number of significant development and planning projects

Acting for the NZ Transport Agency

on a number of roading projects

Advising the regulatory arm of Auckland Council

on a wide range of resource consent appeals as well as judicial review proceedings. Vanessa regularly represents Auckland City Council at mediations and Environment Court hearings

Providing a range of advice to Auckland Council

on bylaw issues, enforcement matters, notification issues, consent processing issues, building regulation and interpretation of district plan provisions

Undertaking environmental due diligence

and advising clients on the environmental aspects of a broad range of property and commercial transactions

Advising various clients

including, Chevron, Daiken NZ and NZ Bus on contaminated land matters including regional consenting programmes, remedial works and enforcement matters


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...

  • DDI +64 9 357 9396
  • M +64 21 662 142


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...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7034
  • M +64 21 624 162