t: +64 9 357 0600
e: karen.price@chancerygreen.com



Karen has over twenty years' experience in integrated risk management, major infrastructure projects and climate change. Karen has consented numerous significant projects and advised on some of the country’s biggest designations. Karen is experienced in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to achieve this.  Karen is recognised as a leader in climate change issues. She negotiated the only two Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements with the Crown, and has facilitated securitisation and trading in carbon credits on international markets for a range of clients. Karen is listed as a leading environment and climate change lawyer in a number of international directories.



  • Lead counsel for Mighty River Power before the Board of Inquiry hearing for its proposed Turitea Wind Farm near Palmerston North

  • Counsel for The New Zealand Refining Company – obtaining resource consents for all activities at the refinery and for four substantial upgrades (over $1 billion investment); negotiating its Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement with the Crown; advising on its energy supply contracts and biomass cogeneration plant (80MW); advised on the strategic need to protect its fuel products pipeline from encroaching land use change; obtained Requiring Authority status for the Refinery; developed and obtained a purchasing programme from the Overseas Investment Office

  • Lead counsel for Gasbridge Limited a joint venture between Contact Energy and Genesis Energy for New Zealand’s first Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at New Plymouth

  • Lead counsel for Fonterra’s coal-fired cogeneration plant at Whareroa

  • Advising lines companies (WEL Energy, Vector) in respect of a range of resource management issues relating to their lines networks including obtaining Requiring Authority status from the Minister for the Environment

  • Advising on a range of environmental issues associated with SCA Hygiene Australasia’s pulp and tissue manufacturing sites; advising on climate change and emissions trading issues for its European trading teams including presenting submissions to various Parliamentary Select Committees

  • Counsel for three telecommunications operators (Telecom, Vodafone and TelstraClear) in relation to national cellsite network rollout strategy, cable TV rollout, optic fibre rollout and obtaining resource consents for contentious mobile phone sites

  • Advising Alinta Energy on climate change issues in respect of its steel mill facilities and obtaining all necessary emissions rulings from the Crown

  • Acting for Carter Holt Harvey in respect of its national mill infrastructure including plan changes and mill expansions

  • Strategic adviser to Waikato-Tainui on regional growth opportunities and motorway interchanges; litigation of the proposed ECNZ split which led to the tribe successfully injuncting the Crown; assisting in respect of its Treaty of Waitangi claims for raupatu lands and the Waikato River, including drafting co-management legislation 

  • Lead Counsel for a developer obtaining a district plan change and resource contents for a 600-lot subdivision, golf course and significant reserves at Omaha South, and all related infrastructural issues including a sewage treatment plant and innovative high-tech disposal fields ($350 million project)

  • Advising Transit New Zealand in respect of its designations for the Albany to Puhoi Realignment (ALPURT) State Highway extension, State Highways 16, 18, 20, Route K and Hamilton Expressway

  • Lead adviser in respect of a liability and risk management programme for Fletcher Challenge to cover the global operations of 260 subsidiary companies

  • Assisting multinational clients such as Vodafone, Unilever and Trustpower to implement Environmental Management Systems, obtain ISO 14000 certification, and undertake environmental and sustainable development reporting

  • Advising the Australian Government and Genesis Energy on legal regimes to govern carbon geosequestration

  • Advising Waste Management Inc and a New Zealand landfill owner of the possible opportunities available to them in respect of methane capture and flaring

  • Advising Pacific Seeds Limited in respect of New Zealand’s first unintentional release of GM contaminated maize grown at Pukekohe and Gisborne and liability issues

  • Advising the Environmental Risk Management Authority on complex legal and technical issues arising out of the new organisms regime in HSNO and suggesting necessary amendments to the legislation

  • Advising Seafield Limited, a joint venture of de Beers and Oppenheimer interests, on an innovative off-shore minerals prospecting application and gaining consents under the Continental Shelf Act and the Crown Minerals Act

  • Acting for Oceana Gold in respect of climate change issues and negotiating a Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement with the Crown

  • Acting for APN News and Media in respect of climate change issues and negotiating carbon pass through clauses

  • Acting for Carter Holt Pulp and Paper in respect of climate change issues and negotiating carbon trades and associated documentation

  • Acting for Genesis Energy on climate change issues and supply documentation

  • Acting for gas and oil exploration companies in Taranaki in respect of Crown Mineral permitting and regional air plan submission

  • Acting for a petrochemical retailer on green and brown field site contamination issues

  • Acting for overseas investors such as AMP, Westpac, Summerset Retirement Villages, Weyehaeuser Forests, Contact Energy, Trustpower and Hexion in respect of NZ’s overseas investment regime including obtaining consents and preparing environmental management plans; defending clients under investigation by the Overseas Investment Office

  • Defending a range of clients involved environmental prosecutions and developing appropriate risk management programs to assist with mitigation proposals


Climate Change
Energy and Resources
Major Projects
Risk Management