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Padraig is a partner in the local government and environment group. He advises councils, CCOs, and corporate clients on resource management, local government, administrative law, and public policy issues. Particular areas of expertise include district plan changes, resource consents for major infrastructure including water and wastewater projects, solid waste, financial and development contributions, Local Government Act issues, official information and privacy, liquor licensing, legislative drafting, and judicial review.  An experienced litigator, Padraig appears regularly for clients in the High Court and Environment Court.

  • Chambers Global Public Law 2014 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Auckland Council - advice in relation to the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
  • Auckland Council - drafting and legal advice on the Solid Waste Bylaw 2012
  • Auckland Council - advice on governance issues including mayoral powers, the governing body/local boards relationship, and local board powers
  • Watercare Services - resource consent application for an additional water take from the Waikato River
  • Watercare Services - drafting and legal advice on the Auckland Trade Waste Bylaw 2013
  • Watercare Services - advice on wastewater charging and infrastructure growth charges
  • Auckland Transition Agency - primary external legal advisor on various legal, legislative and governance issues (including CCOs, delegations, local boards, meetings, charging powers, and development contributions)
  • Westpac New Zealand - drafting Westpac New Zealand Act 2011 effecting the transfer of assets and liabilities from Westpac Banking Corporation to its New Zealand subsidiary
  • North Shore City Council - successfully defending major plan changes for Long Bay and Bayswater Marina
  • Auckland City Council, Tauranga City Council,  New Plymouth District Council and Tararua District Council - defending judicial review proceedings challenging bylaws, development contributions, and council decision-making processes under Part 6 of the Local Government Act 2002

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • Resource Management Law Association, NZ Planning Institute and NZ Law Society events - Presenter
  • Ministry for the Environment workshops on RMA reforms in 2009 and 2013 - Member of expert panel
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