Our Local Government Strategy & Advisory Group comprises lawyers from a range of practice areas.
Our Group has the experience and specialist knowledge to provide advice on all council-related matters including resource management, property, insurance, commercial, employment and litigation.
We regularly provide advice to district and regional councils along with corporate clients, developers and other private clients on local government-related matters.
Wynn Williams has specialist expertise in advising regional councils and is preferred legal service provider to two of the three largest regional councils in New Zealand.
Wynn Williams has a complete understanding of how councils work and we understand things from a local authority perspective.
We know the legislative framework within which local authorities operate, and regularly advise on matters under the Local Government Act and associated legislation, including the Public Works Act, Local Government (Rating) Act and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. In addition to providing advice on statutory obligations, we are regularly instructed on litigation matters, including judicial review proceedings.
We are experienced in tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi issues, having advised local rūnanga, and having acted in Māori litigation from the Māori Land Court to the Privy Council. We also advise on governance issues, including proposed co-government arrangements between local authorities and iwi.
We are also able to advise on biosecurity issues and legislation. See our Biosecurity
page for further details.
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