Mike is a resource management, environmental and local government specialist. He has particular experience in complex regional and district planning matters and regularly represents clients before council hearings, and in Environment Court mediation and proceedings. Mike was heavily involved in the development of the Auckland Unitary Plan, having acted for multiple clients with a wide range of interests.
Mike has expertise in obtaining resource consents and other approvals for significant projects, including coastal, commercial, industrial and infrastructure developments. Mike is skilled at briefing and working with large teams of technical specialists to achieve successful outcomes.
Mike also advises on all aspects of local government law, including rating, development contributions, roading and Public Works Act issues. Mike is also an expert in alcohol policy and liquor licensing, having represented retail clients before district licensing committees, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and the High Court.
Mike has been identified by Doyles Guide as a Rising Star in Australia & New Zealand Planning and Environment law. In 2018, Mike was one of eleven finalists for the Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under) at the New Zealand Law Awards.
Mike is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and serves on the Association’s Auckland Branch Committee.
"I enjoy working as part of a team to unravel complex issues. I like finding innovative solutions to problems, but I know that sometimes it is the simple and pragmatic solution that works best."