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


Frances has advised:

  • NZ Transport Agency on the resource consents to construct a replacement for the Old Mangere Bridge – a pedestrian, cyclist and fishing facility in the Upper Manukau Harbour.
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in successfully defending an appeal against its decision to decline authority to demolish a significant heritage building in Christchurch (Taggart Earthmoving Ltd v Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga).
  • NZ Transport Agency on its Environment Court appeal against a decision to grant resource consents for a commercial and industrial development in Picton.
  • NZ Transport Agency on its submission on the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, including appearing before the Independent Hearings Panel.
  • Transpower New Zealand Limited on plan changes to give effect to the National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission.



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