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Bianka Lee

Bianka Lee

Senior Solicitor

To make an appointment, please contact Susan Taylor susan.taylor@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications LLB (Hons), University of Newcastle, Australia.

Bianka joined Tompkins Wake in 2019 as a solicitor and is a member of our environmental and resource management team, with a specialist focus and proficient skills in Reserves Act matters. Bianka was admitted to the Bar in 2017 and before joining Tompkins Wake, previously worked as an in-house Advisor for Auckland Council in its property and public land team. 

Bianka is experienced in advising public and private sectors and has a thorough understanding of local authorities' role in governance and environmental law. Her experience has been gained through advising clients and public bodies in their interactions with plans and consent applications with a particular focus on public property. 

Areas of expertise

  • Bylaws and Policies
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Resource Consents
  • Local Government Advisory
  • Delegations
  • Plan Changes
  • Reserves and Public Land Administration

Other Credentials

  • Junior Member of the Association for Resource Management Practitioners


"End use" effects off to the Court of Appeal

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“No ‘wine-ing’ covenants” declined for a subdivision consent in Gibbston Valley

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Local council ordered to pay costs!

It is rare for the Environment Court to awards costs against a council, particularly when it has been acting in its regulatory role. However, the Cour...

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Can end use be considered in a resource consent application?

Iwi and environmental groups recently challenged a decision of the Environment Court majority concerning the end use of plastic bottles from a water e...

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