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Jen Crawford

B.A (Hons), LL.B, University of Otago

Christchurch office

p: 03 335 1265

m: 027 436 6040

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Jen has 18 years’ experience as a resource management specialist, having worked in leading law firms in New Zealand (Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay) and the UK (Freshfields).

She is also highly committed to the Christchurch rebuild as Chair of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board, playing a governance role in what is considered to be the largest heritage restoration project currently being undertaken in the world.

Jen advises on all aspects of resource management law with a particular focus on urban and lifestyle developments, agribusiness and water law. Jen has also advised a range of clients on earthquake-related planning issues since the first Canterbury Earthquake in September 2010 and, being directly involved in the recovery effort, she has unparalled expertise in this area.

In the urban setting Jen advises clients on consenting, subdivision and rezoning of land. Recent successful developments include Portlink Industrial Park in Christchurch, Lake Hood Extension Project near Ashburton and several urban fringe residential developments. She also leads the consenting of retail developments for Foodstuffs South Island Limited which involves working closely alongside the corporate, commercial and property partners at Anderson Lloyd.

Jen provides advice on water allocation, use and management to a range of clients throughout the South Island. She secured approvals for the Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme and is currently acting on the proposed Waimea Augmentation Scheme. She also advises Ngāi Tahu on water-related matters, acting for Ngāi Tahu Property on appellate litigation over priority to water for the Eyrewell Forest conversion and appearing as lead counsel for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in the Te Waihora Water Conservation Order proceedings.

Jen is driven to get results for her clients. To achieve this, she believes that it is essential to maintain strong connections with key stakeholders and regulators. She likes to be nimble in providing strategic advice that adapts to whatever challenges her clients face – they bring Jen a problem, she shows them the solution.

Jen is a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Resource Management Law Association.