Lisa Wansbrough - Special Counsel



LLB (Hons) University of Auckland
BA University of Auckland

Areas of expertise

Resource management law, Environment law, Local government law, Public law


Lisa Wansbrough advises Council clients throughout New Zealand on a range of public law matters, including consultation, decision-making and code conduct matters, drafting, review and enforcement of bylaws, traffic and building law administration and enforcement, and LGOIMA requests.  Lisa is also experienced in all aspects of the RMA, and regularly advises Councils on a wide range of resource management matters, including queries related to resource consents (as applicant and consenting authority), notices of requirement, Schedule 1 processes, implementation of national policy statements, enforcement matters and appellate and judicial review proceedings.

Lisa is also an experienced litigator and has acted on environmental, civil, criminal and immigration litigation. She spent time working in the United Kingdom as a solicitor for the Secretary of State for the Home Department. In this role she was responsible for defending judicial review claims. In recent times, her litigation practice has included litigation for councils and assisting on environmental appeals.

Recent examples of Lisa's work include:

  • Prosecutions under the RMA, Building Act and Local Government Acts on behalf of several councils;
  • Undertaking comprehensive bylaw reviews for two councils;
  • Successful enforcement proceedings under the RMA, including obtaining an order for indemnity costs;
  • Legal opinions on local government, RMA, Building Act and alcohol licensing matters; and
  • Advising and representing clients at alcohol licensing hearings.

Lisa is a co-author of Thomson Reuters Local Government Law in New Zealand.