What people say about us

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Central Plains Water Scheme

Adderley Head has been the provider of legal services to the Selwyn District Council for the Central Plains Water Scheme, which is a key project for the Council.  The advice on this project has ranged from Resource Management Act issues to various council funding and governance issues that are central to this project's success. Paul and his team have understood our requirements and provided appropriate solutions to the Council which, as a public entity, has a risk-adverse profile.  At the same time, the solutions needed to meet the commercial imperatives of Central Plains and did so.  Consistently, the advice was of high quality, timely, and pragmatic.

Douglas Marshall, Manager-Corporate Services, Selwyn District Council

Highfield Park Development

The Highfield Park plan change approval process involved a wide range of complex matters that were given heightened scrutiny in the post-earthquake environment in Christchurch. Chris Fowler and the team at Adderley Head assisted us with the preparation of our application with the provision of clear, prompt and accurate advice and then provided clear and compelling arguments during the hearings. We are exceptionally pleased that the plan change has now been made operative in largely unchanged form to our original application.

Roy Hamilton, Director, Highfield Park Limited

Selwyn District Council

We engage Paul and his team at Adderley Head on a frequent basis to assist with resource management and local authority issues facing Selwyn District Council. The range of matters is broad, covering appeals to the Environment Court, enforcement and declaratory proceedings, and other regulatory matters including local government based instructions.

The advice they provide is accurate; where there are uncertainties they are clearly flagged, with options. They are creative with the solutions they promote while at the same time carefully covering the issues. In terms of value add, they are good at passing on the learning from instructions. They are also keen and enthusiastic to provide in-house seminars and workshop training sessions for our team, which have been very well received.

Tim Harris, Environmental Services Manager, Selwyn District Council

Heritage prosecution

We engaged Adderley Head to represent us regarding a prosecution by Heritage New Zealand relating to damage caused to an archaeological site without the required archaeological authority.  The prosecution was significant to Arrow due to the potential impact it could have on Arrow’s business and reputation.  Our objective was to deal with this matter in a manner that would align with our corporate values, retain the confidence of our business partners and avoid negative media coverage.

Chris Fowler worked easily with the Arrow project team delivering accurate and timely advice throughout, and were always available when we needed them. Chris’ strategic advice at key moments helped guide us. Chris also appeared for Arrow on sentencing and his legal submissions helped Arrow secure a conviction and discharge, as well as favourable media coverage.

Ian Currie - Senior Manager, Arrow International

Helping other law firms

Our firm has a referral relationship with Adderley Head that allows us to provide a specialist RM capability that we simply could not replicate in-house. Adderley Head are recognised specialists who concentrate almost exclusively on the resource management and planning fields. This model gives us confidence that our clients will receive the very highest quality advice, which has certainly been our experience.

With all clients we have referred, Adderley Head has responded extremely promptly and has demonstrated such in-depth knowledge that we know our clients received excellent service. Our clients have always been treated with the highest levels of professionalism by Adderley Head.

As well as providing services to our clients, Adderley Head are happy to give us quick no-obligation advice over the phone on RM matters. Being able to find out if our client has an RM problem that needs to be dealt with is extremely helpful to our practice. I have happily recommended Adderley Head to other law firms and will continue to do so.

David Lang, Partner, Saunders & Co

Development contributions

We received some large development contribution assessments for several industrial developments that we were carrying out. We engaged David and Adderley Head to help us reduce these assessments to better reflect the actual demand from our developments.

We had received advice from other lawyers that there was little that could be done to reduce the amount payable. However, David was able to decipher the calculations behind the numbers, interpret the relevant policy, and present robust and persuasive arguments why the assessments should be revised. The end result was fantastic and achieved a significant reduction in the development contributions payable. Based on my experience, I would happily recommend David and Adderley Head to others.

Peter Bishop, Director, Rock Solid Holdings Limited

Forestry sector expertise

Blakely Pacific Limited has instructed Chris Fowler for several years across a range of resource management issues affecting it’s South Island operations. During this period Chris has demonstrated specialist RMA expertise and a close understanding of the plantation forestry sector. Chris is easy to work with and provides accurate, practical and cost-effective advice. Chris is particularly adept at working with groups of forest owners to present a common position at Council planning hearings. This was recently illustrated when he co-ordinated and presented the case for the Otago Forestry Group on water quality rules proposed by the Otago Regional Council.

Phil Taylor - Managing Director, Blakely Pacific Limited

Heritage listing of Canterbury Museum

We were recommended to engage Adderley Head for our submissions to Christchurch City Council on issues we had with the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan. 

Although no doubt a busy firm we were particularly pleased with David's willingness to listen, his prompt response to any questions we had, and the preparation of the required documentation to an excellent standard. He explained complex situations simply and gave clear, rational advice. In short, we have found Adderley Head to be professional in every aspect. I believe their advice was critical to the strategy to deliver us a just outcome.

We would not hesitate in using Adderley Head's services again or recommending them to anyone else.

Anthony Wright, Director, Canterbury Museum

Waterway Discharge Investigation

We had a problem with stock in a waterway which unfortunately got blown all out of proportion. Adderley Head was recommended by a friend and once engaged action started immediately. Their approach was methodical and totally solution orientated. In a short time Adderley Head had the right people analysing and deconstructing the accusations against us. Every discussion was well summarised which brought clarity to each step. We ended up with a great result which left unchecked could have been very nasty.

 Keith Townshend, Townshend Dairy Group