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Senior Associate

Sarah Mitchell



P+64 9 977 5256


Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is a senior associate in the firm’s Auckland-based local government and environment group.

Sarah works with a wide range of corporate clients, local authorities and CCOs, providing advice on resource management and local government legal issues. She has expertise in large project work and the management of complex appeals. She appears regularly in Council hearings and before the Environment Court and High Court on resource consent applications, district plan and designation appeals and judicial review and declaration proceedings. Sarah also provides advice on environmental due diligence for commercial transactions.

Sarah has also worked as a planning lawyer in the United Kingdom, with a practice focussed predominantly on major infrastructure projects.

Examples of Work

  • Watercare Services - resource consents and Outline Plan of Works for the replacement Huia Water Treatment Plant
  • Auckland Council/Auckland Transport - resource consents for the Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme
  • Fletcher Residential - advice on the proposed redevelopment of the Three Kings quarry into a high density residential area with an extensive open space network
  • Warkworth Land Company - private plan change application to rezone land in Warkworth North
  • Auckland Council - acting on appeals in the Environment Court and High Court regarding the Unitary Plan
  • New Zealand Defence Force - declaration proceedings regarding the interpretation of the designation for the Whenuapai Airbase
  • Hynds Pipe Systems - Waikato District Council Plan Review, including submissions and hearings process
  • Auckland City Council - assisted in the promotion of plan changes and notices of requirement to enable the urban renewal and redevelopment of Wynyard Quarter as a mixed use precinct, including managing the resolution of numerous Environment Court appeals
  • Due diligence advice on resource management issues arising from the sale of various properties and businesses