What people say about us

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Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd

Chris and the team at Adderley Head guided us through a complex matter seeking a change to the Dunedin city plan to provide for an out-of-zone supermarket proposal in Dunedin. They provided a creative and persuasive strategy that despite strong opposition by Council proved successful because the Council ultimately agreed to the outcome Chris advanced. In our experience the ability to achieve this level of change is rare.

Chris is a strong navigator who skilfully guided us through a very uncertain / unpredictable RM process. Throughout the project Chris provided options when we needed to make choices, co-ordinated technical evidence required to support our case, and managed direct negotiations with the Council and dealings with the Court. I particularly appreciated the ease of communication with Adderley Head, and their flexibility and availability during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Overall this result exceeded our expectations - we achieved our objective while avoiding the uncertainty and expense of an Environment Court hearing. Based on my experience I would recommend Chris and the Adderley Head team for complex urban development projects.

Rebecca Parish, Property Development Manager at Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd

Canterbury Museum Trust Board

Canterbury Museum has for many years been working towards a major redevelopment of its complex buildings constructed over the 150 years of its history. Balancing a very detailed and specific brief for a fit-for-purpose 21st century Museum and a high community interest in outcomes called for an exceptional team of consultants across multiple disciplines.

Adderley Head had previously worked with the Museum as it navigated the Christchurch District Plan revision process, so were well-placed to support the bid for resource consent for the $195 million redevelopment proposal. Engaged early on in the concept design, they advised on a whole-of-process communications and consenting strategy that would lead to a sound consent application and de-risked hearing process.

The Adderley Head team, led by Chris Fowler, were a pleasure to work with throughout. They kept the high-level strategy to the fore whilst dealing with a multitude of detail from multiple expert witnesses. Chris ably led the Museum’s case at the notified Resource Consent hearing with patience, courtesy and a live response to each and every opportunity to enhance the Museum’s position.

I have no reservation in recommending Adderley Head as a responsive, easy to work with and very capable firm who deliver an outstanding result.

Anthony Wright, Director, Canterbury Museum  

Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd

Chris and the team at Adderley Head guided us through a complex matter seeking a change to the Dunedin city plan to provide for an out-of-zone supermarket proposal in Dunedin. They provided a creative and persuasive strategy that despite strong opposition by Council proved successful because the Council ultimately agreed to the outcome Chris advanced. In our experience the ability to achieve this level of change is rare.

Chris is a strong navigator who skilfully guided us through a very uncertain / unpredictable RM process. Throughout the project Chris provided options when we needed to make choices, co-ordinated technical evidence required to support our case, and managed direct negotiations with the Council and dealings with the Court. I particularly appreciated the ease of communication with Adderley Head, and their flexibility and availability during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Overall this result exceeded our expectations - we achieved our objective while avoiding the uncertainty and expense of an Environment Court hearing. Based on my experience I would recommend Chris and the Adderley Head team for complex urban development projects.

Rebecca Parish, Property Development Manager at Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd

Waimakariri District Council

Paul and his team at Adderley Head recently provided Waimakariri District Council legal advice on a complicated development related issue.  The advice provided by Paul was timely, clear, and put the Council in a good position.  Paul provided valuable advice prior to public meetings ensuring that Council staff put the best foot forward.  When it came time to Council decision making, Paul provided thorough and clear information to allow an informed decision to be made.  The end result was one that was beneficial to the ratepayers, the developer, and the Council and Paul and his team at Adderley Head were crucial in achieving this positive outcome for all. 

Throughout this process Adderley Head demonstrated their ability to manage local authority issues, provide clear strategies, and identify critical issues.  Based on my experience, I would recommend Paul and his team at Adderley Head for local authority issues. 

Kelly LaValley, Project Delivery Manager, Waimakariri District Council

Selwyn District Council

Paul, and his team, Samantha and Amuri provide Selwyn District Council with legal advice on all resource management and planning issues. That advice covers district plan interpretation, our district plan review, resource consent processing issues, such as notification and procedural issues, Environment Court appeals and declarations. This work is often complex with seemingly uncertain outcomes, subject to time constraints, and it can have significant outcomes for the Council and the District.

My experience of the team at Adderley Head is that they provide relevant, clear and timely advice, inclusive of reasons, recommendations and strategy. Adderley Head has the experience and ability to quickly and accurately identify the critical issues, and in tandem with our officers, evaluate and promote the best options. When discussing instructions or reading opinions what I value most from Adderley Head is how the reasons for their legal conclusions are always clearly expressed, along with recommendations that are sound and realistic for a District Council.

A key factor that makes Adderley Head an excellent legal provider is that Paul and his team ensure they are always available for us to contact and their approachability makes them very easy and enjoyable to work with.

Jesse Burgess, Planning Manager, Selwyn District Council

Waiake Forestry Group

The Waiake Forestry Group with two forests at Teddington on the Port Hills has engaged Chris Fowler, plus support from others in Adderley Head, on a number of assignments relating to the Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council RMA matters, over the past eight years. The most recent assistance was in relation to an abatement notice. We have been most impressed by Adderley Head's depth of knowledge, quality of assistance, professionalism, promptness and outcomes achieved.  Adderley Head have in-depth RMA expertise and practical knowledge of the RMA challenges facing the plantation forestry sector. Chris has proven to be methodical, thorough and great to work with. We will continue to confidently recommend Adderley Head to others.

Alan Ogle, Manager, Waiake Forestry Group

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

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

Forestry sector expertise

Blakely Pacific Limited has instructed Chris Fowler for several years across a range of resource management issues affecting its 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

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