Sarah Shaw


Sarah specialises in resource management and local government law.  Her experience includes conducting resource management hearings and appeals in the Environment Court, and appearing for clients in mediation and the civil courts.  She also advises on local government issues, infrastructure projects, resource consents, planning and policy matters. 

Sarah works mainly on Whangarei District Council matters and has previously been seconded as an in-house lawyer to the Council.   

One of Sarah’s strengths is her ability to vary her approach to achieve the best results in different contexts – whether the situation requires collaboration, negotiation or stronger advocacy.

She returned to Thomson Wilson in early 2011, having previously worked at the firm between 2002 and 2005.  During the intervening five years Sarah worked in the UK in a legal policy and governance role in-house for a large London public authority. Her early career involved environmental planning work in the public and private sectors.

Sarah holds degrees in Law and Environmental Planning, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, from the University of Waikato.  She is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and is passionate about environmental issues.

Sarah grew up in Bream Bay.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two sons camping and at the beach, and Sarah is also keen on books and films.

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  • LLB, BSocSc, PGDipREP