Shelley Chadwick

Senior Associate, Ōtepoti | Dunedin

B.A, LL.B DipGrad, University of Otago


d: +64 3 471 5436

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Shelley is a Senior Associate in our Resource Management Team and is based out of our Dunedin Office. She specialises in resource management, local government, primary sector activities including water/irrigation and other environmental law.

Shelly has significant experience in:

  • Problem solving. Practical and sound advice on the interpretation of law relating to the environment, local government, infrastructure and regulatory requirements.
  • Assisting project teams, including for land use developments and infrastructure.
  • Working for and advising councils, utility companies, iwi/rūnanga entities, commercial entities and private clients in all matters relating to the environment.
  • Risk management and legislative compliance.
  • Resource consents and ensuring efficient consenting processes.
  • Litigation in the Environment Court, District Court and High Court.
  • Local authority plan development.
  • Enforcement and environmental prosecutions.
  • Application of the Local Government Act requirements and other regulatory legislation.
  • Official information (including LGOIMA) and privacy acts.
  • Due diligence reviews for property transactions and development opportunities.
  • Advising the forestry sector

Shelley studied at the University of Otago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in both Philosophy and Classics), Diploma for Graduates, and Bachelor of Law. She was admitted to the bar in Rotorua in 2005.

Shelley is a member of the Institute of Directors, Resource Management Law Association (including Chair of the rural/primary sector knowledge hub), Otago Women Lawyers’ Society and Women in Property. Shelley is also a Trustee on Tomahawk Smaills Beachcare Trust and on the Board of Volunteering Otago.