Allison Arthur-Young


Environment, Planning and Natural Resources

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Allison's practice covers all aspects of resource management and local government law, with a particular focus on development and large-scale infrastructure projects, along with district and regional planning, and policy matters.

She provides expert advice to clients on a range of public law issues including development contributions and rates, the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, information disclosure and the role of local authorities in decision making.


Allison acts for clients on a range of law and policy reforms at both central and local government levels. Allison’s experience includes advising:

  • Auckland International Airport on environmental issues arising from its proposed second runway and associated facilities, and on the successful rezoning of rural land to the north of the Airport for business activities.
  • A range of clients on Auckland’s proposed Unitary Plan.
  • A range of clients, including substantive CCOs and significant infrastructure providers, on the major reorganisation of Auckland’s local governance, including submissions to the Royal Commission and drafting necessary legislation and Orders in Council. 
  • Progressive Enterprises Limited in a successful direct referral application to the Environment Court for consents to construct and operate a supermarket and retail development at Hobsonville.
  • Scentre in its successful resource consent and plan change applications for the expansion of its development in Newmarket, Auckland.
  • Geotherm Group in successfully obtaining district and regional resource consents to enable it to operate a new geothermal power station on the Wairakei field.


LLB (Hons First Class), Victoria University of Wellington.
BA, Simon Fraser University, Canada.


Allison was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2003, and joined Russell McVeagh in 2005. She is a board member on Russell McVeagh's Board and was previously the firm's National Practice Group Chair for Environment, Planning and Natural Resources prior to joining the Board in 2018.

Allison is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and is the author of the Climate Change chapter in leading resource management textbook Environmental and Resource Management Law (6th Ed). 

Allison is listed by Chambers and Partners 2020, noted as a distinguished practitioner in Environment law by Asialaw Profiles 2020, recognised for Land Use and Zoning Law in the peer-nominated Best Lawyers® 2021 New Zealand guide, listed as a Leading Lawyer in Environment and Resource Management by Doyle's Guide 2020, and is listed as a Notable Practitioner in Project Development by IFLR 1000.


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