Katherine Forward


I specialise in resource management law – providing pragmatic and strategic advice to a range of clients both at a corporate and individual level.

I have particular expertise in the rural environment including irrigation development, change of land use, nutrient management and its impact on water quality and all associated resource consenting matters. I am well versed in the evolving nature of the Regional planning framework in relation to these critical issues.

I am an experienced advocate and my recent work has seen me jointly represent Federated Farmers (the Mackenzie Branch) in proceedings to both the High Court and the Court of Appeal with respect to a plan change addressing landscape issues, representing applicant and submitter clients on resource consent and plan change proposals to District and Regional Councils and providing advice to high profile Christchurch clients with respect to the Christchurch City rebuild. I have also successfully resolved numerous Environment Court appeals relating to the grant of resource consents which authorise irrigation development in the Mackenzie Basin/Upper Waitaki District.

I am a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Resource Management Law Association and the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association Inc.