Morgan Slyfield

Morgan Slyfield is a litigation lawyer specializing in resource management and environmental law.  He advises and represents the broadest possible range of clients, including government departments and crown entities, publicly listed companies, property developers, environmental groups, and homeowners.  His work ranges from disputes between residential neighbours through to representing applicants in proposals of national significance.

Morgan advises on all aspects of consent applications and appeals, and represents clients in council hearings, the Environment Court, Boards of Inquiry, the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

He guides clients through private and public plan change processes, advises requiring authorities on designations and property acquisition, represents judicial review applicants, and acts for parties involved in prosecution and enforcement action under the Resource Management Act. 

Qualifications and Career

  • BA
  • LL.B (Hons)


  • Since 2011  Barrister, Stout Street Chambers
  • 2009 - 2011  Litigation Partner, Morrison Kent, Wellington
  • 2002 – 2008 Solicitor, Morrison Kent, Wellington
  • 2001 In-house counsel, Dixons Group PLC, London
  • 2000 In-house counsel, Standard Life Assurance Group, Edinburgh
  • 1996 – 1999 Solicitor, Morrison Kent, Wellington

Recent and Notable Cases

  • Counsel assisting a committee of the Environmental Protection Authority in Re Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (2014), the inaugural marine consent application in the exclusive economic zone, for ironsand mining in the South Taranaki bight.
  • Junior Counsel in Palmerston North City Council v New Zealand Windfarms Ltd (Court of Appeal, 2014) and earlier proceedings (High Court, 2013), appeals concerning compliance with conditions of consent relating to windfarm noise.
  • Counsel for the applicant in Re Palmerston North Industrial and Residential Developments Ltd (Environment Court 2014), an application for declarations relating to the scope of plan change submissions.
  • Prosecution Counsel in Wellington City Council v Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd (District Court, 2014) a prosecution for RMA offences for breach of noise curfews at Wellington airport.
  • Counsel for Regional Wines & Spirits Ltd in Re Basin Reserve Flyover (Board of Inquiry, 2014).
  • Counsel for the defendant in Carterton District Council v McCarron (District Court, 2014), a collateral challenge against District Plan financial contribution provisions.
  • Counsel for the appellants in Wilford Urban Environmental Association Inc v Hutt City Council and Ryman Healthcare (Environment Court, 2014), an appeal against consents to develop a residential aged care facility.
  • Counsel for Transpower New Zealand Limited in Re Proposed Paraparumu 220kV Supply Connection (Kapiti District Council, 2013), applications for consent and notices of requirement for designations for new national grid infrastructure on the Kapiti coast.
  • Counsel for Victoria University in Sapsford v Wellington City Council (Environment Court, 2013), an appeal relating to Plan Change 72 (residential review) in Wellington. 
  • Counsel for Wellington International Airport Ltd in Centreport Ltd v Wellington City Council (Environment Court, 2013), an appeal relating to Plan Change 73 (suburban centre review) in Wellington.
  • Counsel for Transpower New Zealand Limited in Re Transmission Gully Proposal (Board of Inquiry, 2012), applications under a national environmental standard for a transmission line relocation project as part of a nationally significant state highway proposal.
  • Counsel for the defendant in Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council v DB and AE Cheetham Ltd (District Court, 2012), a prosecution for effluent discharge offences.
  • Co-counsel for the applicant in KLMOS Properties Ltd v Hutt City Council (High Court, 2012), an application for judicial review of notification of a consent relating to a supermarket development at Petone.
  • Co-counsel assisting the Board of Inquiry determining the Turitea Wind Farm Proposal (2011).
  • Counsel for the defendant in Wellington Regional Council v Supreme Automotive Refinishers Ltd (District Court, 2011), a prosecution for odour offences.
  • Co-counsel assisting the Board of Inquiry making recommendations on the proposed New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (2010).
  • Counsel for the consent applicant in Environmental Preservation of Northland Wellington v Wellington City Council (Environment Court, 2010), an appeal against the grant of consents for a childcare facility. 
  • Junior Counsel for environmental societies in Meridian Energy v Central Otago District Council (High Court, 2010) and earlier proceedings (Environment Court, 2009) relating to the Project Hayes windfarm proposal.
  • Counsel for Waterfront Watch Inc and Wellington Civic Trust in Intercontinental Hotel v Wellington Regional Council (Environment Court, 2008), an appeal against consents for a Hilton Hotel at Queens Wharf, Wellington.
  • Junior Counsel for BP Oil (NZ) Limited in Shell NZ Ltd v Porirua City Council (Court of Appeal, 2005), and earlier proceedings (High Court, 2004 and Environment Court, 2003) relating to a proposed BP Service Station at Mana in Porirua.

  • Junior Counsel for the appellant in Wellington International Airport Ltd v Wellington City Council (Environment Court, 2005), an appeal against consents for an apartment development proximate to the airport.