has appointed one of New Zealand’s most renowned environment lawyers as special counsel. Clare Sinnott, who will be based in the firm’s Wellington office, joined the firm last week.
Sinnott has extensive expertise across the range of environmental work, from advising on the environmental aspects of international financing arrangements to obtaining and managing designations, consents and other authorisations for infrastructure, commercial and industrial clients.
She has in-depth knowledge of how central and local government work, after years in roles various advising government agencies. After a three-year stint as a principal at Chapman Tripp
, she became managing counsel for planning and network operations at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
She then became chief advisor and manager of the Office of the Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission, before going back to the NZTA to become the agency’s national manager for governance and sector outcomes. Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, she was the NZTA’s principal advisor for governance and sector outcomes.
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