Bronwyn Carruthers

General Background

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.

 

Selected Recent Cases

Consent applications:
  • R J Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council [2018] NZCA 316
  • Albert Road Investments Ltd v Auckland Council [2018] NZEnvC 102
  • Pierau v Auckland Council [2017] NZEnvC 90
Declarations:
  • Re Watercare Services Ltd [2018] NZHC 294
  • Kapiti Coast Airport Holdings Ltd v Alpha Corporation Ltd [2016] NZRMA 505
Planning provisions:
  • Turners & Growers Horticulture Ltd v Far North District Council [2017] NZHC 764
  • Horticulture New Zealand Ltd v Far North District Council [2016] NZEnvC 47
Enforcement:
  • Auckland Council v Gilinsky [2017] NZDC 24573

Professional Activities

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.

Case History

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:

  • Americas Cup – assisting the Crown through the direct referral process to obtain consent for this significant redevelopment on Auckland CBD's waterfront to enable the hosting of the Americas Cup.
  • New Zealand International Convention Centre – obtaining consent for this significant development in Auckland's CBD on a non-notified basis.
  • The multi-award winning Vinegar Lane – obtaining consent for a mixed-use development planned around ‘collective individuality', enabling purchasers to design buildings after consent was obtained.
  • Central Interceptor, Northern Interceptor and North Harbour No.2 Watermain – obtaining all necessary approvals for three major water and wastewater infrastructure projects required to service the anticipated growth of Auckland.

She also have 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.  

Publications and Seminars

Legal texts

  • Co-author of Environmental and Resource Management Law (Nolan), Chapter 4: Land use, subdivision, designations, resource consent procedures and appeals

Articles

  • Resource Management Law Journal, 2014: Unimplemented resource consents as part of the permitted baseline 
  • Think piece, 2012:  A Better Approach to Improving the RMA Plan Process
  • Auckland Infrastructure Forum, 2012: How will Auckland’s Spatial Plan be delivered under the RMA 
  • Resource Management Law Journal, 2011: A Weighting Game: What statutory weight will Auckland's Spatial Plan be given in the RMA?

Seminar Presentations

  • Resource Management Law Association, National Roadshow 2015, 2017, 2018: "Case Law Update"
  • New Zealand Law Society, Subdivision Intensive 2018: "Recent RMA Decisions and their Implications"
  • Legalwise Seminar 2018: "Auckland Unitary Plan: Litigation Update"
  • New Zealand Law Society, Environmental Law Intensive 2016: "Recent Resource Management Decisions and their Implications"
  • Resource Management Law Association, 2015: "RMA 101: Back to Basics

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) and BSc (Environmental Science) University of Waikato

Admitted: 2000

Barrister sole: 2018

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) and BSc (Environmental Science) University of Waikato

Admitted: 2000

Barrister sole: 2018

General Background

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.

 

Selected Recent Cases

Consent applications:
  • R J Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council [2018] NZCA 316
  • Albert Road Investments Ltd v Auckland Council [2018] NZEnvC 102
  • Pierau v Auckland Council [2017] NZEnvC 90
Declarations:
  • Re Watercare Services Ltd [2018] NZHC 294
  • Kapiti Coast Airport Holdings Ltd v Alpha Corporation Ltd [2016] NZRMA 505
Planning provisions:
  • Turners & Growers Horticulture Ltd v Far North District Council [2017] NZHC 764
  • Horticulture New Zealand Ltd v Far North District Council [2016] NZEnvC 47
Enforcement:
  • Auckland Council v Gilinsky [2017] NZDC 24573

Professional Activities

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.

Case History

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:

  • Americas Cup – assisting the Crown through the direct referral process to obtain consent for this significant redevelopment on Auckland CBD's waterfront to enable the hosting of the Americas Cup.
  • New Zealand International Convention Centre – obtaining consent for this significant development in Auckland's CBD on a non-notified basis.
  • The multi-award winning Vinegar Lane – obtaining consent for a mixed-use development planned around ‘collective individuality', enabling purchasers to design buildings after consent was obtained.
  • Central Interceptor, Northern Interceptor and North Harbour No.2 Watermain – obtaining all necessary approvals for three major water and wastewater infrastructure projects required to service the anticipated growth of Auckland.

She also have 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.  

Publications and Seminars

Legal texts

  • Co-author of Environmental and Resource Management Law (Nolan), Chapter 4: Land use, subdivision, designations, resource consent procedures and appeals

Articles

  • Resource Management Law Journal, 2014: Unimplemented resource consents as part of the permitted baseline 
  • Think piece, 2012:  A Better Approach to Improving the RMA Plan Process
  • Auckland Infrastructure Forum, 2012: How will Auckland’s Spatial Plan be delivered under the RMA 
  • Resource Management Law Journal, 2011: A Weighting Game: What statutory weight will Auckland's Spatial Plan be given in the RMA?

Seminar Presentations

  • Resource Management Law Association, National Roadshow 2015, 2017, 2018: "Case Law Update"
  • New Zealand Law Society, Subdivision Intensive 2018: "Recent RMA Decisions and their Implications"
  • Legalwise Seminar 2018: "Auckland Unitary Plan: Litigation Update"
  • New Zealand Law Society, Environmental Law Intensive 2016: "Recent Resource Management Decisions and their Implications"
  • Resource Management Law Association, 2015: "RMA 101: Back to Basics