Michelle Mehlhopt Michelle Mehlhopt
Michelle Mehlhopt
Special Counsel
Environment & Planning and Local Government
Recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directory 2022.

T +64 3 379 7622

M +64 27 386 8027


Specialist areas of practice

  • Local government law
  • Environmental law
  • District and regional planning
  • Biosecurity law

Special Counsel in the firm's local government and environmental law and planning team, Michelle specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law. She has expertise in a wide range of areas, including district and regional planning and policy, resource consents, regulatory and strategic advice for local authorities and has worked on secondment for a local authority.

She has been heavily involved in earthquake recovery, urban development and land use planning in Canterbury and recently involved in freshwater planning and resource consent applications in the Otago Region.

Michelle also has specialist expertise in biosecurity law, assisting councils with the development of regional pest management plans.

Michelle is a 'Making Good Decisions' certificate holder and is accredited to sit as a commissioner on an RMA hearing panel.