Phernne Tancock

Phernne  Contact Details

  Address:    Level 1, 
                    5 Cable Street, Wellington
                    PO Box 10-242,
                    Wellington, 6011

  Phone No:  +64 4 499 2684

  DDI:           +64 4 494 8144

  Mobile:       +64 21 496 823

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  PA: Caroline Cheetham

Main Areas of Practice

  • Civil litigation
  • Resource Management/ planning local government
  • Energy/ natural resources/ water
  • Information/ Privacy/ Media & Defamation


  • LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington (2007)
  • Admitted to the Bar 2007
  • Currently completing LLM, University of Auckland


Phernne practices in the area of civil litigation, resource management, and media and defamation law. 
Phernne’s primary area of specialty is in environmental law, natural resources, resource management and local government law, (including infrastructure and resource consenting and district and regional plan changes) which have formed the basis of her post graduate studies.
She acts for a wide range of corporate and private clients as well as community/ environmental groups. She has considerable experience in the areas of water, reclamation, wastewater, quarrying, retailing, subdivision, land development; climate changes issues and renewable energy.
Phernne delivers practical solutions and cost effective results-based advice to her clients. She regularly appears before Councils, mediations and in matters before the District Court, Environment Court, High Court and Boards of Inquiries on projects of national significance. She can also be instructed to provide opinions and is regularly retained by senior counsel to junior on more complex cases.
She has acted as junior counsel on a wide variety of civil litigation, defamation and Judicial Review and Appeal cases, and in this capacity regularly appears before Disciplinary Tribunals prosecuting on behalf of a wide range of professional bodies.
Phernne joined Harbour Chambers as a Barrister sole in 2010. Prior to this Phernne gained experience in both civil and resource management litigation working as a law clerk and following her admission to the bar as a Junior Barrister in Chambers working with Andrew Beatson, Matthew McClelland QC and Hugh Rennie QC.


  • 2007 Law Clerk/ Junior for Barrister Andrew Beatson
  • 2007 Admitted to the Bar
  • 2007-2009 Junior Barrister Harbour Chambers
  • 2010 – present Joined Harbour Chambers, Barrister sole


Resource Management Law Association
New Zealand Bar Association
Wellington Medico-Legal Society (Hon. Secretary)


New Zealand Energy Law Association, postgraduate scholarship recipient (2009)

 Caroline Cheetham
 PA to Phernne Tancock
 Phone No: +64 4 499 2684
 Fax No: +64 4 499 2705
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