Philip leads the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team at Wynn Williams. He is experienced in a wide range of resource management and local government matters, with particular expertise in freshwater management.
Philip is a highly skilled advocate and regularly appears on appeals to the Environment Court and High Court. With degrees in both science and law, he is able to readily assimilate complex technical information often associated with resource management projects.
As lead legal advisor to Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland, Philip is adept at managing client relationships and understands the complexities associated with achieving strategic outcomes within the confines of the law. In these roles he has led the development of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (including sub-region catchment sections giving effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014) and the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan. He has also advised Regional Councils' on:
All stages of plan development, from inception through to resolution of appeals, including regional and district plans, and regional policy statements;
All stages of resource consenting, including for quarrying, stormwater discharge, retail development, water takes, irrigation schemes, hydro-electricity schemes, subdivision and industrial developments;
Water Conservation Orders;
Judicial review on notification decisions; and
Declaration proceedings, in both the Environment Court and the High Court.Philip has also served on the National Committee of the Resource Management Law Association.
Philip and his team are recommended and recognised by the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 for their work in Resource Management and Philip is recognised as a noted practitioner in the Chambers Asia Pacific global directory for 2017.
"I like to work collaboratively with my clients and their advisors, focusing on delivering results which add real value. Often, simplicity is the key – solutions need not be complicated to be effective."