About Public Law Chambers

Public Law Chambers is a leading chambers in New Zealand offering advice and advocacy in Planning, Property, Environmental and Public Law.

We are based in the esteemed set of chambers known as Southern Cross Chambers in High Street, in Auckland’s CBD, where some of New Zealand’s leading judges were based.  Past members of Southern Cross Chambers include Dame Sian Elias QC, Chief Justice and Hon Peter Salmon QC.

We are an approachable group. Tech savvy, experienced forward thinking group who are focused on innovative solutions.

The lead barrister, Setareh Stienstra, is an independent hearings commissioner and is endorsed to sit as a chairperson on planning committees throughout New Zealand.

Working through out New Zealand, out team advocates at all levels from local authority committees, to tribunals, District Courts (including the Environment Court and Land Valuation Tribunal), through to higher courts: High Court and Court of Appeal.  We also represent clients at mediation and arbitrations.

We act for private and public sectors, including government departments, statutory bodies, local authorities, companies, landowners, developers, and interest groups as well as individuals. 


What our clients say

Setareh is a skilled legal adviser and advocate, with a breadth and depth of experience across local government and public law sectors. Setareh’s ‘edge’ is her energy and passion for her clients and achieving great results. Smart and personable, easy to work with.
— Brigid McDonald, Cooney Lees Morgan
Setareh is a highly focused and motivated resource management practitioner, who has a strong practical understanding of the workings of local government. Setareh’s knowledge and experience means that she is able to provide sound legal advice on a full range of local government issues.

Setareh is well organised and demonstrates an excellent understanding of planning law. Setareh was closely involved in a number of significant strategic growth projects, which required coordination and interaction with a broad range of stakeholders.
— Michael Campbell, Campbell Brown Planning