Catherine Somerville-Frost

Catherine Somerville-Frost

Partner, Auckland

Environment, planning & resource management

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T:+64 9 358 9813

M:+64 27 486 3309


BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland


1999, New Zealand

Catherine specialises in environment, planning & resource management law.

Catherine has extensive experience in the project management of large developments, including advising on all levels of resource consenting and designation processes.

She particularly advises clients in the fields of industrial processes, residential community development, healthcare provision, mining, electricity generation, utilities and transport infrastructure.

Catherine is a member of our Māori Services Group, Te Waka Ture.

She is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and ​Chambers Global 2019​.

Recent experience

Catherine has advised:

  • airports in relation to their designations for airport activities including the establishment of second runways and taxiways, new terminal facilities, new aviation precincts and on noise planning controls
  • on mining activities and proposed mines (consenting, renewing and compliance issues), both on land and in the coastal marine area
  • operators of municipal and industrial landfills, including consenting, consent renewal and compliance issues
  • parties subject to actual or threatened enforcement action, including enforcement orders, abatement notices and prosecution
  • on the establishment and consenting of residential development, including retirement villages, via plan changes and resource consents (including Long Bay and Stonefields in Auckland)
  • retail developers on the development and re-development of new and existing malls and centres
  • on the consenting of beach enhancement projects, jetties and pontoons
  • on High Court judicial review of notification decisions on resource consents
  • on Public Works Act issues in relation to land required for public works, and
  • on developments on and near outstanding natural landscapes and scheduled historic and archaeological sites.
Environment, planning & resource management





Construction & major projects; Energy & natural resources; Infrastructure; Māori law; Mining; Oil & gas