Buddle Findlay elects new national chairman

by Sol Dolor22 Mar 2017
Paul Beverley has been confirmed as Buddle Findlay’s new national chairman, the firm’s 45-strong partnership has announced.

Beverley, the firm’s resource management and Māori law team leader, succeeds Peter Chemis, who has led the firm for the last decade. Chemis concludes his term by the end of this month, but will continue to lead the firm’s national employment practice.

Beverley, who has been a member of the firm’s board since 2012, specialises in resource management processes, Māori Law and Treaty settlements. Appearing in a range of courts and tribunals including the Environment Court, Māori Land Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and Boards of Inquiry and Special Tribunals, he advises on large RMA planning and infrastructure consenting projects, and has been a member of the core Crown negotiation and drafting teams on a number of significant Treaty of Waitangi settlements, the firm said.

Among his major Treaty of Waitangi settlements work are Tuhoe (Te Urewera); Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua); Waikato River; and settlements in Northland, Auckland and Hauraki, the central North Island, and the top of the South Island. His particular specialty is designing and negotiating co-governance, co-management, and relationship frameworks between the Crown, local government, and Māori.

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