Natalie is a senior associate specialising in environment, planning and resource management law.
She advises public and commercial clients on resource management and environmental aspects of large-scale infrastructure projects, property development, commercial contracts and due diligence investigations. Natalie also advises government agencies involved in large infrastructure projects generally, with a particular focus on roading projects and works closely with in-house counsel, project managers, planners and technical experts.
Natalie has extensive experience on regional and district plan reviews. With a sound understanding of how planning rules operate, she provides clients with strategic advice about the use and development of their properties.
She also has experience in Resource Management Act (RMA) prosecutions, providing strategic advice to help avoid prosecutions, and defending clients when the unfortunate happens. Natalie is a member of the Women's Infrastructure Network Auckland Committee.
Natalie has advised:
- NZ Transport Agency on the Thames-Coromandel District Plan, which involved reviewing submissions, preparing further submissions, attending mediations, and preparing evidence
- NZ Transport Agency on several projects including the the Longswamp and Hamilton Bypass sections of the Waikato Expressway, and the Te Puna Memorial Hall designation
- a private client on the defence of a RMA prosecution relating to the discharge of a significant quantity of concrete slurry into a stream, and successfully obtained a discharge without conviction and a significant reduction in the fine imposed
- the consent holder on a judicial review of a residential development in Piha, where the neighbours challenged Auckland Council’s decision to process the resource consent application on a non-notified basis, and
- provided specialist advice to both local and international corporates, on environmental due diligences (both purchaser and vendor), including drafting and negotiating relevant contract, warranty and indemnity provisions.