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
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