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Senior Associate

Lizzy Wiessing



P+64 4 924 3414

M+64 21 918 309

Lizzy Wiessing

Lizzy is a senior associate in the firm's local government and environment work group.

Lizzy advises on a range of local government and resource management issues. She has a particular interest and expertise in local government funding and financing issues, including rates and development contributions. She regularly presents at seminars for the local government sector on rating and funding issues, and reviews good-practice guides on a range of subjects before publication.

She has experience acting for councils in judicial review proceedings, and as applicant and decision-maker in resource consent matters. Her court appearances include in the District, Environment and High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has also appeared in the Land Valuation Tribunal.

Lizzy commenced her career in local government as a strategic policy analyst before working in a regional law firm as a resource management and civil litigation solicitor. Her background acting for and against local government allows her to see both sides of an issue so that she can target her advice to be most effective.

Examples of Work

  • Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit - advice on annual planning and financial management considerations for local authorities given impact of Covid-19 on councils and their communities
  • Covid-19 - advising councils on issues arising during preparation of their annual plans 2020/21
  • Auckland Council - successfully defended High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the validity of the accommodation provider targeted rate (under appeal)
  • Bunnings Limited - successfully representing Bunnings’ interests in complex series of valuation objections for Rongotai/Lyall Bay store in the Land Valuation Tribunal (under appeal)
  • Judicial review - in relation to the development of a wastewater scheme, and a number into councils' rating practices and policies
  • Assisting councils to resolve rating irregularities and regular reviews of rate setting documents for councils across the country
  • Advising on rating/funding reviews
  • Advising on rates recovery, particularly in disputed circumstances, and acting in rates recovery proceedings
  • Advising on local government decision-making processes and governance issues
  • Advising on bylaw issues
  • Acting for the applicants in a direct referral proceeding where resource consents were successfully obtained for a building and public open space on Wellington's waterfront (Sites 8 and 10) and for a commercial building on Site 9
  • Representing clients at mediations and in the Environment Court, in relation to appeals on resource consent applications, and in the High Court on points of law
  • Advising councils on their and other parties' liability for events 
  • Regulatory due diligence
  • Advising infrastructure operator on environmental compliance and related contractual matters

Other Credentials

  • Wellington Women Lawyers' Association - Member