martin williams



BSc (Hons) (Massey)
LLB (Hons) (Waikato)


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Martin Williams has over 20 years experience practising in resource management and local government law. He has represented a wide range of private and public sector clients at local authority and appeal hearings, appearing as counsel in a number of leading Environment and High Court cases as well as in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  For an overview of those cases, refer to the schedule.  Martin also has experience acting for local authorities and Council controlled organisations, including as part of the legal team advising and representing Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd regarding the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme through the Board of Inquiry process and hearing, and subsequent High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court proceedings.

Martin is a former President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand (Inc) serving on the National Committee of that Association for nine years.

While Martin’s experience in the Court room is significant (refer schedule), some of the best work in environmental and local Government law is done ‘behind the scenes’; through preparation and strategic oversight, employing alternative dispute resolution pathways to avoid the need for a formal hearing.  Martin has extensive experience successfully practising in these highly specialised areas of law with that objective. Martin is an accredited Mediator (Resolution Institute) and Hearing Commissioner (Ministry for the Environment).

Areas of Practice

Environmental / Resource Management Law
Local Government Law
Administrative and Public Law

Professional Background

2012 – Present: Barrister
2008 – Present: Quay Chambers / Shakespeare Chambers (Napier)
2000 – 2008: Environmental Law Chambers
1996 – 2000: Russell McVeagh

Franziska Marshall

Personal Assistant


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