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Paula BrosnahanPaula Brosnahan

Paula Brosnahan

Paula Brosnahan


M:+64 27 216 3952

T:+64 9 357 9253


F:+64 9 357 9099



BSc, LLB, University of Auckland; LLM (Env & Nat Res), Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon


1997 New Zealand, 2000 Oregon, 2001 California


Paula specialises in environmental, planning and resource management law.

Paula advises public and commercial clients on the resource management and environmental aspects of property developments, subdivisions, retail and infrastructure projects, land transport matters, due diligence investigations and Overseas Investment Act issues. She has extensive experience in managing the consenting process for complex, large-scale projects.

Paula worked as an environmental attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco before rejoining Chapman Tripp in 2005.

Paula is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.

Recent experience

Paula's experience includes:

  • advising the NZ Transport Agency:
    • as legal manager of the ‘Further North Alliance’ (a unique and innovative alliance between Chapman Tripp, engineering consultants GHD and Jacobs, and the NZ Transport Agency), on the successful consenting of the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway north of Auckland, and
    • at Council and Environment Court levels, on the designation and resource consent aspects of a number of State Highway projects, including the Vic Park Tunnel, duplicate SH20 Manukau Harbour Crossing and Waikato Expressway-Cambridge Section
  • providing specialist advice to corporate entities on environmental due diligences (both purchaser and vendor), including coordinating environmental audits and reviewing relevant contract and warranty provisions
  • advising The Warehouse Limited in relation to development proposals in the Auckland region and with respect to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, and
  • overseeing and managing the assessment of properties for the resource management components of the Overseas Investment Act.