B.A (Hons), LL.B, University of Otago
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Jen has 17 years’ experience as a resource management specialist, having worked in leading law firms in New Zealand and the UK. She is also highly committed to the Christchurch rebuild, thinking there’s potential to deliver ‘the greatest little city in the world’ in the next few years and that it is a privilege to play a part in this process.
Jen advises on all aspects of resource management and environmental 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 legal issues since September 2010 and, being directly involved in the recovery effort, she has considerable expertise in this area.
In the urban setting Jen advises a range of commercial clients on consenting, subdivision and rezoning of land. Recent successful developments include Portlink Industrial Park in Christchurch and the Lake Hood Extension Project near Ashburton. She 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 secured approvals for the only large scale irrigation scheme to have reached the construction stage in Canterbury for several years – Rangitata South. Jen also regularly advises on a number of other irrigation scheme and agribusiness projects throughout Canterbury, as well as providing advice on water allocation, use and management in the region.
She is driven to get results for her clients. To achieve this, she believes effective communication and strong connections with decision makers are essential. 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.
The current Chair of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board and a recent trustee of the University of Canterbury Foundation, Jen is also a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Resource Management Law Association.