Rachel Robilliard Rachel Robilliard

Rachel Robilliard

Rōia Whakarae (Senior Associate)

Environmental, planning & resource management

Specialising in environmental and resource management law, Rachel advises clients on a range of matters.

Rachel has experience advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues. Her experience spans the areas of major developments, infrastructure, contaminated land, hazardous substances, Māori resource management, local government processes and the allocation and management of water and nutrients.

She has appeared as counsel at all levels, including council, Environment Court and Supreme Court level, and represented clients at mediation and informal negotiations.

Rachel is from Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, and is a member of Te Waka Ture, our Māori legal group. Her recent iwi experience includes assisting with water-related issues.

Recent highlights

  • Appearing as junior counsel for Aotearoa Water Action Inc and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga in judicial review proceedings and subsequent appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court relating to water bottling.
  • Representing iwi organisations in relation to resource consents for water allocation and the discharge of contaminants to the coastal marine area.
  • Providing advice to corporate entities on environmental due diligence for both purchasers and vendors.
  • Assisting various irrigation scheme, farming and industrial clients in consenting and regional planning processes relating to nutrients and water.
  • Advising various clients on legislative and regulatory reform processes.


  • Member of the Resource Management Law Association.