Andrew is an Environmental and Resource Management Law specialist with over 14 years’ experience. Andrew has previously worked at two of New Zealand’s major law firms and has also spent considerable time working in-house for major corporations, councils and professional services firms, giving him a unique understanding of the day to day challenges faced by many of our clients. In addition to his Resource Management specialty, Andrew specialises in Alcohol Licensing, Local Government Law and Public Works Act acquisition and valuation litigation.
“The boutique business model places the firm in a position to connect directly with clients as well as being a bolt-on addition for other law firms, which is an exciting place to be.
I love getting to know our clients and understand their business drivers and goals. That knowledge enables me to find creative, practical solutions to the challenges they face. Success is often multi-faceted and I strive to deliver exceptional results across the board"
Andrew regularly appears as lead counsel at hearings before councils, district licensing committees, the Environment Court, and the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (“ARLA”). In addition to being skilled at resolving contentious applications without the need for a hearing, Andrew has an excellent track record in obtaining consent and licences for contentious applications. Examples of Andrew’s successes in contentious applications include: retail development in Bureta Park, Spotswood, Vogeltown, Albany and Mt Eden; residential developments in Auckland, Albany, Clevedon and Tauranga; along with significant commercial and residential plan changes in Auckland and Tauranga. Andrew has also been successfully involved in a number of leading High Court and Court of Appeal cases such as Rodney District Council v Eyres Ecopark and Frasers Papamoa v Tauranga City Council.
Andrew advises on all aspects of the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and has successfully appeared before ARLA in leading cases on local alcohol policies and single alcohol areas.
Andrew’s particular areas of expertise are:
- Retail and residential development
- Plan changes to urbanise rural land
- Natural Resource Development – cleanfills, landfills and contaminated land issues
- Public infrastructure: roads, water takes, wastewater discharges and stormwater discharges
- Environmental due diligence
- Alcohol Licensing
- Development Contributions
- Public Works Act – acquisition and valuation
- RMA and Building Act enforcement
- Local Government Act issues
- Bachelor of Law, University of Auckland
- Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland
- Berry Simons 2013 – current
- Buddle Findlay 2007 – 2013
- Kensington Swan, Auckland 2003 – 2007
- Opus International Consultants, Wellington 2001 – 2003
Phone: 09 909 7310
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Consent for Water Take in Pukekohe
Wed March 25th 2020
Berry Simons has successfully obtained consent for a large groundwater take from the Franklin Waiau Pa Waitemata aquifer.
FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON POTENTIAL SHORT TERM AMENDMENTS TO RMA
Wed March 7th 2018
Over the last two years, Berry Simons has been critical of what we see as a decline in the coherence and workability of the Resource Management Act 1991 (“RMA”), as a result of ill-conceived and poorly drafted amendments to that Act.