DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a full-service global law firm, advising international clients doing business in New Zealand, and New Zealand organisations operating in New Zealand and elsewhere. The firm's market leading RMA team provides specialist local government, public law and resource management services, acting for a significant number of local and central government entities t and charitable organisations. The firm's key clients include Cornwall Park Trust Board, Auckland Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

DLA Piper has a deep history in New Zealand. May 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Auckland partnership from which DLA Piper New Zealand partly descends. New Zealand's first female law firm partner in 1919, Lyra Taylor, came from our Wellington office and our current Chief Justice was a partner in our Auckland office. In 2015 we integrated with DLA Piper to become the first global, business law firm to operate in New Zealand.


DLA Piper is the largest provider of pro-bono legal services globally. In New Zealand, we also undertake a wide range of community care activities often in partnership with our clients and members of the firm are involved in a variety of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

DLA Piper advises on the full range of local government and environmental matters from local and national planning documents and policy to development projects, consenting and enforcement matters, Reserves Act, Public Works Act and iwi issues. DLA Piper also has particular expertise in bylaws, local government decision-making, judicial review, and responding to information requests. There are few local government and resource management issues that DLA Piper have not advised on.


The firm’s hands-on expertise extends into many sectors including local government, central government, utilities, property and land development energy farming, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, waste and water. Our clients recommend us for our commercial, pragmatic and cost-effective advice.


We regularly represent our clients in the District Court, Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and before Boards of Inquiry. Many of our cases have been significant and market leading in New Zealand. These include the New Zealand King Salmon line of cases which have been described as the most important line of resource management cases in the last 20 years; Auckland Unitary Plan Environment Court and High Court appeals; the Wellington International Airport Runway extension; and multiple judicial review matters and prosecutions with nationwide implications and precedent effects.