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.
She is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and is ranked as a notable practitioner by IFLR1000 2019.
Paula is a member of Chapman Tripp's board.
- advised 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
- advised the NZ Transport Agency on the initial planning and consenting phase of the proposed Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing project
- provided specialist advice to corporate entities on environmental due diligences (both purchaser and vendor), including coordinating environmental audits and reviewing relevant contract and warranty provisions
- advised The Warehouse in relation to development proposals in the Auckland region and with respect to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
- advised the NZ Transport Agency at Council and Environment Court, 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, and
- overseen and managed the assessment of properties for the resource management components of the Overseas Investment Act.