Judith is an experienced senior associate who specialises in local government law and related regulatory issues. 

She advises Council clients on all aspects of decision-making, bylaws and policy development, roading and three waters issues, as well as rating and planning requirements. She also has significant experience with local government regulatory issues, including advising on Building Act, Dog Control, Sale and Supply of Alcohol, and Official Information and Privacy for a wide range of clients. Judith also provides advice on statutory interpretation and assists clients with submissions on Parliamentary Bills.

After working in-house at Christchurch City Council for several years Judith brings a practical and plain language approach to her local government advice.  She works alongside her clients to deliver pragmatic, timely solutions.

Judith was a former author of Brookers Building Law. She is a member of the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association.

Work Highlights

Christchurch City Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council and other local authorities

Bylaws advice, including reviews, drafting bylaws and preparation of consultation documents.

Numerous local authorities

Long term and annual plan advice, implementing new rates and other rating advice.

Tauranga City Council and other local authorities

Advising on three waters issues under existing and proposed legislation.

Masterton District Council and Waipa District Council

Assisting with response on complaints to the Ombudsman.

Various local authorities

Building Act advice, including enforcement issues and earthquake-prone buildings.

Christchurch City Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council and others

Development contributions policy reviews and general advice.

Christchurch City Council

Advising the District Licensing Committee.

Various local authorities and other organisations

Advising on liability issues, including structures on roads, land drainage, natural hazards, and damage from trees.

LGNZ and other clients

Assisting with submissions on Parliamentary Bills.

Areas of Expertise

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