LLB (Hons), BSc, Partner
Lucy de Latour
Lucy is part of the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team. Lucy specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law and she has a broad range of experience within her field of expertise.

Since joining Wynn Williams in 2013, her work has primarily been in relation to issues associated with freshwater management, the Canterbury rebuild and various retail and industrial developments. Prior to joining Wynn Williams, her experience encompassed work within energy (hydro-electricity generation), retail, and infrastructure sectors (rail, wastewater, ports and airports).  

She has detailed knowledge of district and regional plan formation and plan change processes, resource consent applications, resource management related law reform and local government and public works legislation. 

Lucy also recently spent over a year on secondment at a major local government client, giving her a unique perspective on legal issues facing local government.  This has included advising on matters under the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Biosecurity Act 1993, the Land Transport Management Act 2003 and the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Prior to joining Wynn Williams, Lucy worked in the planning team of a large London firm. She also spent four years within the Resource Management and Environmental team of another New Zealand law firm.

Lucy is recommended by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her work in Resource Management.



"I enjoy the diversity of working as a resource management and environment lawyer - from providing strategic legal advice to clients, advising on resource consent applications and plan changes, considering development potential on new sites, through to working alongside clients and their technical advisors on proceedings before the Environment Court."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • Advising Environment Canterbury on a range of issues associated with the implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, and the development of new regional planning documents to manage water quantity and water quality in Canterbury. This has included providing advice and appearing in the High Court in relation to appeals on various decisions made by Environment Canterbury to give effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
  • Advising Environment Southland on a range of legal issues associated with discharge consents, including in relation to its obligations under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
  • Providing advice on a range of local government related legislation, including under the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Biosecurity Act 1993, the Land Transport Management Act 2003 and the Maritime Transport Act 1994 while on secondment for a local government client.
  • Appearing in the Environment Court as leading counsel on an appeal relating to a water take from the Hakataramea River.
  • Providing advice and appearing at a Council hearing for a mall owner in relation to proposed additional retail development in the Tasman District.
  • Acting for the Church Property Trustees (as junior counsel) in relation to its submissions on the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan in relation to the ChristChurch Cathedral.
  • Providing advice on the implications of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 and the recovery plans developed under that Act.
  • Obtaining resource consents and negotiating development contributions payable for a large commercial development in the Selwyn District.
  • Acting for several clients making submissions on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan including appearing at the hearings in order to obtain a rezoning to the Heavy Industry zone of three significant industrial sites.
  • Acting for an industrial client in negotiating and drafting a "no complaints" covenant to protect against reverse sensitivity effects.
  • While at another firm: Acted for a major supermarket company in the United Kingdom to obtain planning permission for several new supermarket sites.
  • While at another firm: Acted as instructing solicitor for a major charitable foundation in the United Kingdom to successfully obtain planning permission for a new residential student accomodation scheme in London.
  • While at another firm: Acted (as junior counsel) for a hydro-electricity generator in successfully obtaining resource consents for a major hydroelectricity scheme.
  • While at another firm: Acted for a submitter in respect of NZTA's Waterview project, one of the first and most significant projects to be heard by a Board of Inquiry under the new RMA procedures.
  • While at another firm: Provided advice and drafted submissions for a number of clients on legislative and national policy changes, including in respect of the 2009 resource management reforms, the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.

Recent Articles

23/02/2017

Changes to freshwater management

Today the Government announced a suite of further freshwater management reforms. The headline change is a new target that 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers meet swimmable water quality standards by 2040.

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5/09/2014

Simplifying and Streamlining in the information age - are we focusing on the right things?

The following article appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Resource Management Journal (August 2014 RMJ) The Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) relies on public participation to inform council plan- making, principally in the form of consultation under clause 3 of Schedule 1, the submission and further submission processes, and through appeals to the Environment Court. District and regional plans are documents that people “order their lives by” and so it is of paramount importance that the public are given the opportunity to be involved in the processes to establish those plans.

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11/11/2013

RM Reform Update - November 2013

Reform in the resource management field continues with the announcement on 7 November 2013 of proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 ("NPS"). This RMA reform update relates to the proposed amendments to the NPS; along with an update on the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (and changes to section 32 which come into force in December); and the further RMA reform signalled by the Government.

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11/11/2013

AEE's and the need to get it right - watch this space

The litigation regarding noise associated with New Zealand Windfarms Limited's Te Rere Hau wind farm continues, with leave granted by the High Court for Palmerston North City Council to appeal to the Court of Appeal (Palmerston North City Council v New Zealand Windfarms Limited [2013] NZHC 2654, 11 October 2013 Williams J.).

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Reported Decisions

  • Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd v Genesis Energy Ltd [2015] NZRMA 467
  • Bayswater Marina Holdings Ltd v North Shore City Council [2009] NZRMA 444

Memberships

  • Canterbury Women's Legal Association
  • Resource Management Law Association
  • Canterbury Young Professionals

Publications

  • 'Simplifying and Streamlining in the information age - are we focusing on the right things?' Lucy de Latour, Resource Management Journal, Aug 2014
  • 'Who is to judge the Judges' Bal Matheson and Lucy de Latour, Resource Management Journal Apr 2011: 21



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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 11, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609
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