Bronwyn has specialised in environmental, resource management and local government law since 2000. She started her career at Simpson Grierson, before joining Russell McVeagh in 2011 and becoming a partner in that firm's Environmental, Planning and Natural Resources team later that year. Bronwyn joined Shortland Chambers in December 2018.
As a specialist resource management litigator, Bronwyn has advised on a wide range of Resource Management Act 1991 issues and has experience appearing at all levels of New Zealand's justice system. She has acted for local authorities, infrastructure providers, corporate clients, individuals and not for profit organisations. In addition to obtaining approval for client's projects (or objecting to others' projects), Bronwyn can also assist with law reform, plan making, judicial review, declarations, prosecutions and other enforcement action, and advice on the lawfulness or otherwise of certain situations, approaches or decisions.
At the time of joining Chambers Bronwyn had been recognised in Doyles Guide 2018 as a preeminent lawyer for Environment and Resource Management and named the New Zealand – Environmental Lawyer of the Year by ACQ5 Global Awards 2018.
Bronwyn is the convenor of the Environmental Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society, the editor of the Resource Management Law Association's Journal and regular contributor of case law summaries and presenter of case law updates.
Having acted for a wide range of clients, Bronwyn’s extensive experience in environment and resource management law enables her to deliver positive results for her clients.
Bronwyn’s experience on high profile projects that have obtained consent without appeal hearings include:
She has extensive experience of matters going before the courts. She regularly appears before local authorities and the Environment Court on resource consent applications and planning provisions. She has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal on resource consent applications, the High Court on planning provisions and declarations, and in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in judicial review proceedings challenging decisions made by local authorities. She also has experience defending prosecutions, and obtaining declarations.
Another key area of expertise is in plan-making. She has assisted both local authority and private sector clients to prepare design-led plan changes, advocated for the planning provisions and negotiated desirable outcomes. Examples include the plan change that enabled the urban development of Wynyard Quarter, a plan change to enable high-rise residential intensification in Milford, Auckland and a plan change to rezone approximately 100ha of Future Urban zoned land in Warkworth for urban development.
LLB (Hons) and BSc (Environmental Science) University of Waikato
Barrister sole: 2018