Development and subdivision

Infrastructure and public works

Property rights

Land interests

Robert provides counsel in a variety of urban development, infrastructure, and property law related areas.

He is regularly briefed to assist formulate strategies that deliver commercially and environmentally sustainable development.

Robert enjoys working with multi-disciplinary teams to address preliminary issues including potential yield and demand, resolution of infrastructural impediments, negotiation of private and public partnerships, and compulsory land acquisition.

He specialises in different forms of property rights (incl. statutory, common law, and customary rights). He is also conversant with various forms of land interests (incl. title, caveats, easements, and covenants).

Robert’s advocacy services include negotiation, briefing witnesses, planning and development hearings, property and land disputes, and appellate proceedings.

Selected highlights

  • Counsel for landowner on resource consent for 840 lot urban development in Weston Lea Ltd v Hamilton City Council [2020] NZEnvC 189 (EC).
  • Counsel for landowner on “shovel-ready” decision in Weston Lea Ltd v Hamilton City Council [2020] NZEnvC 62 (EC).
  • Counsel for landowner on district plan review of 850 lot urban development in Maypole Environmental Ltd v Kapiti Coast District Council [2019] NZEnvC 183 and [2020] NZEnvC 9 (EC).
  • Counsel for Trust on heritage decision in Hamilton East Community Trust v Hamilton City Council [2014] NZEnvC 220, (2014) 18 ELRNZ 189 (EC).
  • Counsel for landowner on private plan change enabling 500 lot urban development on Rangitahi Peninsula, Raglan, 2012.