What should lawyers and law students know about how to interact with local government?

Two senior Hamilton City Council figures are our guests to explain how they use legal services and how their lawyers contribute in strategy and on particular matters. The City is a major consumer of legal expertise. Our guests offer advice for how other lawyers should (and should not) act to advance their clients’ interests with the City.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about what lawyers do, how they should operate, and how legal practice works in relation to large organizations, in environmental law particular. Hosted by the Centre for Environmental, resources and Energy Law (CEREL)

Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue: MSB.1.36

Note: MSB.1.36 is in the new Law Building, located by the sunken courtyard and near the Moot Court.


Debra Stan-Barton is the Project Director for the Regulatory Efficiency and Effectiveness Programme, and was until recently the Manager of the Planning Guidance Unit where she was responsible for the processing of resource consents for the City.

Luke O’Dwyer is the Manager of Economic Growth and Planning at Hamilton City Council. He is responsible for the development of the district plan and other elements of strategy for the City.