Bill heads the firm’s Planning & Environment National Practice Group.  He is one of New Zealand's leading environmental and resource management lawyers.

Bill specialises in resource consents, private plan changes, and large infrastructure and urban renewal projects. He is able to pull together a cohesive strategy (including property, local government, RMA and public works), in order to deliver these projects for his clients. The projects listed below are some of the largest in New Zealand.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024
Public Law, Environment & Resource Management

Leading Lawyer

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024
Projects & Resources Management (including Environment)

Leading Lawyer

Work Highlights

Auckland Council / Panuku Development Auckland 

Resource consents for the necessary infrastructure to enable Auckland to hold the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

Seeking and obtaining resource consents for the Downtown Projects including the Ferry relocation, the new Te Wananga Downtown Public Space and the single laning of Quay Street.

Seeking consents for the $750 million Huia Water Treatment Plan in the Waitakere Ranges.

Private plan changes

Numerous private plan change applications and resource consent applications throughout the Auckland Region for developments of 700 to 4000 houses including commercial and industrial activities.

These applications have involved land in Warkworth in the North, Drury to the South, and Beachlands and the Formosa Golf Club land to the East, and ranging in size from 56ha to 370ha.

Covid Fast-Track applications

Various Covid Fast-Track applications including 370+ lot subdivision in Cromwell and other applications in Auckland at various stages of the process.

Auckland Transport 

Resource consents and designations for the $800 million Eastern Busway project.

Fletcher Building 

Three Kings Quarry redevelopment involving 1,200 - 1,500 houses and extensive open space network.

Tāmaki Redevelopment Company

An urban renewal project involving 800 hectares, converting 2,500 social houses into 7,500 houses.

Auckland City Council

Wynyard Point Tank Farm redevelopment, including the District Plan appeals.

Other projects

Numerous large infrastructure projects including the Silverdale Park and Ride, the Albany Highway designation for road-widening, Penlink, SH 1 at Orewa, Eastern Transport Corridor, Auckland City Council Art Gallery upgrade, the Tauranga Southern Pipeline and the Army Bay Wastewater Treatment facility.

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