Environmental Policy & Law Reform

Connecting the dots of Aotearoa’s future conservational legislation


Derek Nolan QC


Bankside Chambers

Derek Nolan is a Queen’s Counsel with over 40 years’ experience in environmental, resource management, planning and natural resources law, local government law and in public works claims. He was a partner at Russell McVeagh for 30 years before moving to the Bar in 2014. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2016. Derek was a founder and second President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association and was for many years a member and convenor of the Environmental Law Committee of the NZ Law Society. Derek is the Editor and an author of Environment and Resource Management Law (LexisNexis).

Marija Batistich

Senior Corporate Counsel


Marija is an experienced resource management lawyer and has practiced environmental law for over two decades in leading firms both overseas and in New Zealand. She provides strategic advice, and has acted as counsel, on all stages of the resource consent and planning process, with a focus on major infrastructure and transport projects. She is currently senior corporate counsel RMA at KiwiRail.