Frances is a senior associate in our environment and planning team and specialises in the Resource Management Act (RMA), Māori law, conservation law and heritage law.
She is a skilled advocate and has appeared for clients at Council hearings, the Environment Court, the High Court, Boards of Inquiry and the Waitangi Tribunal.
Frances has particular expertise in the consenting of infrastructure projects and has advised the NZ Transport Agency on major roading projects throughout New Zealand. She also specialises in heritage law and has advised Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and other clients on heritage issues under both the RMA and heritage legislation.
Frances has acted for a number of iwi clients in their negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and is uniquely placed to advise on the consideration of Maori interests under the RMA.
Clients say that Frances provides ‘excellent customer focus and quality advice’ and advice that is ‘pragmatic and value for money’.
Admission date: 2007
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