Administrative / Public Law
Commercial Litigation
Regulatory Prosecutions
Resource Management & Environmental Law

Prudence Steven QC

03 343 9834

021 471 822


PO Box 9344
Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149


Denise Hamlin

03 343 9835


Prudence has been practising in Christchurch since 1993, has been at the Independent Bar since the end of 2008 and was called to the Inner Bar in 2014. Her career has been spent mostly in private practice, although early on she was employed as in-house legal counsel at the Christchurch City Council. Prior to joining Canterbury Chambers, she was a founding partner of a local firm Goodman Steven Tavendale Reid where she remained for seven years. She has practised exclusively in resource management, local government and public law, representing a range of clients at council and appellate level.

Her practice covers all aspects of resource management law, with a particular focus on regional and district planning; residential and commercial greenfield development; development in sensitive landscapes; water quality and quantity issues, including irrigation/water storage proposals; forestry; adventure/tourism activities; judicial review proceedings; and prosecutions under the Resource Management Act.

She has acted as counsel in the development of Hagley Oval as an International and Test Cricket venue; the Christchurch Adventure Park; and in judicial review proceedings related to decisions made under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act.

Her practice covers the South Island, including water quality and quantity issues in the Lower Waitaki catchment; development in Queenstown Lakes District; and in the greater Christchurch area.

Prudence is also accredited to act as an independent Commissioner on Resource Management proceedings.