Philip is the National Managing Partner of Wynn Williams and partner in the Resource Management and Environmental Law team. He is recognised as a leader in his field by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
, Chambers and Partners 2022
and Doyles Guide
Philip is experienced in a wide range of resource management and local government matters, with particular expertise in freshwater management. He 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.
"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."