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Senior Associate

Judith Cheyne



P+64 3 968 4049

M+64 21 262 3631

Judith Cheyne

Judith is a senior associate in the firm's local government and environment group, based in Christchurch specialising in local government work. She recently rejoined Simpson Grierson after several years as part of the in-house legal team at Christchurch City Council.

Judith advises on decision-making, consultation and conflict of interest matters, rating issues, development contributions, land transport/roads, 3 waters issues, and bylaws and policy development. She also has significant experience with local government regulatory issues, including Building Act, Dog Control, Sale and Supply of Alcohol and Health Act, and Official Information and Privacy. Judith also provides advice on statutory interpretation and liability issues, and assists clients with submissions on Parliamentary Bills.

Examples of Work

  • Christchurch City Council and other local authorities - bylaw reviews, including drafting bylaws and preparation of special consultative procedure documents
  • Christchurch City Council - long term and annual plan advice, implementing new rates and other rating advice
  • Christchurch City Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council and others - development contributions policy reviews and general advice
  • Various local authorities and LGNZ - liability issues, including structures on roads, land drainage, natural hazards, and damage from trees
  • Various local authorities - Building Act advice, including enforcement issues and earthquake-prone buildings
  • Christchurch City Council - advising the District Licensing Committee
  • Various clients - assisting with submissions on Parliamentary Bills and Select Committee presentations

Other Credentials

  • Brookers Building Law - Former author
  • Canterbury Women’s Legal Association - Member