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Special Counsel

Duncan Laing



P+64 4 924 3406

M+64 21 434 713

Duncan Laing

Duncan is a special counsel in the firm's local government and environment group. He has more than 40 years' expertise, extending across a range of industry sectors, including resource management, local government, land valuation, and public law.

His experience includes infrastructure development projects involving roads, water supply schemes, waste water treatment plants, gas pipelines, and transmission lines, as well as the consenting of large residential developments and commercial developments.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Environment/Projects & Resource Management 2016 - Recommended Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • South Taranaki District Council - successfully defended judicial review proceedings against the Council’s decision to add fluoride to the water supplies for two communities
  • Consenting of the PWC Building and the redevelopment of the Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington Waterfront
  • Porirua City Council - proposed Adventure Park
  • Christchurch City Council - hearings before the Independent Hearings Panel for the Proposed Replacement District Plan
  • Local Government New Zealand - presenter on natural hazards and climate change for webinar series in 2018

Other Credentials

  • Accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work
  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • New Zealand Institute of Surveyors - Honorary Life Member
  • Brookers Building Act - Co-author
  • Brookers Resource Management - Co-editor