Taranaki is home to some of New Zealand’s most successful energy operators who drive innovation in the energy marketplace and it is the heart of New Zealand's oil and gas sector.

Our energy team comprises specialists in commercial and corporate law, environmental and planning law, Māori and Treaty settlement law, dispute resolution and health and safety law.  We act for major operators that span the energy sector spectrum , including oil and gas, mining, electricity and renewables. 

Those involved in the energy sector, whether it be in upstream, production, wholesale or retail activities, experience an extraordinary range of issues on a daily basis. Our specialists have made it their mission to not only understand the complex layers of statutory and regulatory obligations that operators are required to comply with, but to become expert advisors in this field.

We provide advice to clients all over the country, but temper it with a Taranaki perspective and a belief that our advice should be pragmatic, timely and solutions focused.

Oil and gas

Our firm has developed an in-depth specialist knowledge of oil and gas law and deep connections with operators and their stakeholders within the Taranaki region. This, together with our competitive pricing, gives us a unique ability to add value to your business.


Just as Taranaki has lead the way in the oil and gas exploration and production, the vision for 2050 is that our region also leads the way in the transition towards a sustainable, low-emissions economy. Our specialists contributed to the development of the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and are fast becoming recognized as leading experts in the low emissions energy generation space. 

Govett Quilliam provides a fertile ground for our specialists to co-create innovative solutions with our clients. Our years of experience have provided valuable lessons about where to place our efforts so that they bring about commercially astute, innovative results that reduce your legal risk profile. 



  • Service contacts
  • MSAs
  • Drilling
  • Exploration
  • Supply agreements 
  • Charter agreements
  • Marine charters
  • SSAs (Share service agreements)
  • JVOs (Joint venture operations)
  • Employment models


  • Pipeline licensing
  • Land access agreements
  • Easements 
  • Leases and licences 
  • Acquisitions
  • Overseas investment 
  • Compensation and Land Valuation Tribunal matters


Consents &


  • Statutory compliance registers
  • Prospecting, exploration and mining permits (Crown Minerals Act 1991)
  • Resource consents (Resource Management Act 1991)
  • Farm outs
  • Block offers
  • Marine consents (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012)
  • Decommissioning and abandonment
  • Health and Safety processes 
  • Worksafe investigations
  • Employment investigations 

Our Energy Specialists

Paul Franklin


Alice Tocher


Lauren Wallace


Troy Wano


Rebecca Eaton

Senior Associate

Beatrice Chamberlain

Senior Associate

Helen Dymond

Senior Lawyer

Bayley Sprott


Beth Seaver

Registered Legal Executive

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