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Tompkins Wake
THE AIG BUILDING, LEVEL 11
41 SHORTLAND STREET
1010
New Zealand

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Tompkins Wake’s ‘straightforward, hard-working and efficient’ litigation team primarily operates from the firm’s Hamilton office, acting for national clients in disputes relating to dairy industry regulation, insurance, property, aviation and agribusiness issues, among others. The practice also advises local government entities, including Hamilton City Council and South Waikato District Council, on a broad range of contentious issues, from commercial and property disputes to judicial reviews and electoral matters. Praised for his ‘sharp mind and excellent strategic thinking’, the team is headed up by James MacGillivray. Kate Cornegé, experienced in dairy, energy and telecoms-related disputes, is a further key member of the team. The Auckland-based Chen Jiang joined the practice from Glaister Ennor in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

James MacGillivray

Other key lawyers:

Kate Cornegé; Chen Jiang; Fraser Wood; Zandra Wackenier; Stephanie Ambler

Testimonials

‘Straightforward, hard-working and efficient. They have real strength in litigation and a collaborative approach.’

‘James MacGillivray is an outstanding litigator. A sharp mind and excellent strategic thinker.’

‘James MacGillivray is very hands-on, responsive and experienced.’

Key clients

IBC Japan Limited

Hamilton City Council

South Waikato District Council

University of Waikato

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented IBC Japan Limited in a NZD$38m claim across nine separate proceedings.
  • Defended Hamilton City Council in the Environment Court against objections under the Public Works Act relating to the acquisition of land.
  • Defended University of Waikato in judicial review proceedings brought by an aggrieved Masters student.

New Zealand > Intellectual property Tier 3

Noted for its capability in managing (frequently multi-jurisdictional) trade mark portfolios, Tompkins Wake’s also counts IP litigation, including opposition and revocation proceeding, IP due diligence, as well as design and copyright mandates in its workload – particularly for clients in the manufacturing, food and beverage, technology, and consumer goods sectors. Shelley Slade-Gully, who frequently acts for agribusinesses, is a key contact in the team and advises on trade mark strategies, IP licensing matters and disputes. In the firm’s Hamilton office, Slade-Gully jointly leads the practice alongside Kate Cornegé, who handles IP protection and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Shelley Slade-Gully; Kate Cornegé

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lowndes; Robert Bycroft

Key clients

Barfoot & Thompson

Eagle Technology

New Zealand Plumbing World Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Barfoot and Thompson on the IP-related aspects of branding and licencing matters.
  • Advised Eagle Technology on the IP aspects of the sale and development of technology.
  • Advised New Zealand Plumbing World Group on the management of its trade mark portfolio, including IP strategy advice, trade mark filing, submissions and renewals, IP-related disputes and trade mark protection.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 3

Tompkins Wake’s ‘collective experience and knowledge shines through’ when advising clients on contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including organisational restructurings, health and safety issues, personal grievance claims and employment investigations. In the firm’s Hamilton office, practice leader Mark Hammond acts for local government entities on contentious mandates, while Karina McLuskie, who was promoted to partner in April 2022, ‘provides top-notch advice’ on employment agreements, industrial relations and collective bargaining. In the same month, Daniel Erickson joined the Auckland-based team from boutique firm Douglas Erickson Employment Lawyers. Other key members of the group include Fraser Wood and associate Fiona Dalziel, who operate from the Rotorua and Hamilton offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hammond

Testimonials

‘The Tompkins Wake employment team are a capable in providing pragmatic and timely advice.’

‘I cannot say enough good things about Fiona Dalziel. Her advice is practical and commercially sound, and I’m always impressed with how quickly she can get to the heart of the matter.’

‘They are personally committed to achieving the right outcome, and this comes through with their high quality advice and style of communication. Their collective experience and knowledge shines through, and their approach is to work with you, rather than just telling you what they think.’

‘Mark Hammond and Karina McLuskie are both exceptional in their field.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and able to provide advice in plain English, so we are able to understand and execute.’

‘Karina McLuskie is amazing. She always ensures she understands the issue and then provides top-notch advice.’

‘Daniel Erickson takes the time to touch base and follow up on important issues. This supportive approach over the years is invaluable.’

‘Karina McLuskie and her team are responsive, communicative, and they listen. We have felt fully in the loop whilst working through a couple of complex situations.’

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Barfoot and Thompson

Gallaghers

Waipa District Council

Waste Management NZ Limited

Cotton On Group

GPC Asia Pacific

Pact Group

GPC Asia Pacific

Work highlights

  • Advised Waste Management NZ Limited on COVID-19 response for over 1600 employees across 70 locations.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 3

Based in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, Tompkins Wake advises local authorities, corporate clients and agritech companies on resource consent applications, designations and district plan reviews and changes, in addition to having demonstrable capability in rural infrastructure and development projects. In the firm’s Rotorua office, Theresa Le Bas leads the team and is noted for her expertise in resource management and local government law, while Hamilton-based Bridget Parham advises on matters concerning plan development, subdivisions and urban growth, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Theresa Le Bas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Otorohanga District Council

Waikato District Council

South Waikato District Council

Waipa District Council

Waitomo District Council

Matamata-Piako District Council

Waikato Regional Council

Rotorua Lakes District Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Kaipara District Council

Tauranga City Council

Far North District Council

Co-Lab (Waikato Local Authority Shared Services)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Matamata Piako District Council, Waipa District Council, and Waikato Regional Council on a direct referral to the Environment Court by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency).

New Zealand > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Tompkins Wake’s ‘commercially astute’ real estate practice advises local government authorities, developers and investors, property funds and private sector clients on development projects, acquisitions and disposals, as well as leasing matters. Scott Ratuki, who has experience in large-scale commercial developments and subdivisions, jointly leads the practice alongside Peter Duncan, who specialises in local government property mandates. In November 2021, Andrew Orme left for Lane Neave, while Rotorua-based Catriona Gordon joined the firm following its merger with Lava Law. Other key members of the team include Peter Fanning, who focuses on development projects, subdivisions and land acquisitions, Kate Searancke and Campbell Stewart. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Hamilton office, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Scott Ratuki; Peter Duncan

Testimonials

‘Very responsive.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure in dealing with several of the partners at Tompkins Wake. They have always be commercially astute, whilst providing clear and well-considered legal advice.’

Key clients

Stark Property Group

AFI Investments

Fosters Construction

Rotorua Lakes Council

Hamilton City Council

Waipa District Council

WEL Energy Networks Limited

Waitomo District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised AFI Investments on its downtown development project that will substantially transform the southern end of the Hamilton CBD, and the face of corporate office space in Hamilton city.
  • Advised Hamilton City Council on acquisition of land under the Public Works Act

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Tompkins Wake goes ‘beyond the call of duty’ for its diverse roster of clients – including large corporates, indigenous tribes, domestic banks and local government authorities – on commercial acquisitions, disposals and capital raising mandates. In the firm’s Hamilton office, Mark Renner leads the team, while Phil Taylor leverages his international experience to assist start-ups through all stages of their growth, from formation and investment funding to M&A. The Auckland office is home to ‘exceptional M&A lawyerMark Lowndes, ‘exemplaryTom Arieli, and Kerri Dewe, who is praised as ‘extremely diligent and focused’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Renner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Tompkins Wake are very approachable and work with you to meet your timelines.’

‘A real willingness to go the extra mile.’

‘Great breath of skills, experience and also geographic coverage. Very commercial and practical, while being across the details.’

‘Mark Lowndes is an exceptional M&A partner and business-focused.’

‘Kerri Dewe is always across from the details, extremely diligent and focused.’

‘The individuals I deal with are outstanding. They have our back and I have seen them in full flight, fighting our corner which is always comforting.’

‘Great team, always going beyond the call of duty.’

‘I’ve worked extensively with Tom Arieli over many years, and rate him very highly. His knowledge of the corporate law is exemplary, and so is his business acumen.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Hillfarrance Venture Capital on its investment in three technology startups
  • Advised Vesper Marine in its acquisition by NYSE-listed multinational technology group Garmin International.
  • Advised Bermele Plc on the cross-border acquisition of New Zealand company East Imperial by Bermele Plc and reverse listing of East Imperial on the London Stock Exchange.

The firm: Tompkins Wake is a nationally recognised law firm with offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Tauranga. With a strong identity and history that dates back to 1922, the firm has grown and is now one of the 15 largest law firms in New Zealand cementing its position in New Zealand’s economic and commercial heartland, the “golden triangle” between Auckland, Hamilton and the Bay of Plenty (Tauranga and Rotorua).

Awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year (<100 lawyers) at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 NZ Law Awards, the firm’s philosophy and approach centres on collaboration, and the belief that when specialisation and expertise combine in a collaborative environment, exceptional outcomes are created for its clients.

The firm has built a strong reputation with corporates, multi-nationals operating in New Zealand, local government authorities and private clients and includes 13 local authorities and four of New Zealand’s top ten exporters in its client portfolio.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calderjon.calder@tompkinswake.co.nz+64 7 838 6027
Chair | Commercial Property Scott Ratuki
Property and Real Estate Peter Fanning
Banking and Finance Mark Renner
Employment/Health & Safety Mark Hammond
Life Sciences Robert Bycroft
Forestry Campbell Stewart
Relationship Property/Trust Disputes Stephanie Ambler
Maori Business Kate Searancke
Trust Disputes Kate Sullivan
Private Clients & Trusts Peter Fanning
Private Clients & Trusts Peter Duncan
Mergers and Acquisitions Tom Arieli
Energy Phil Taylor
Commercial Property Scott Ratuki
Commercial Property Kate Searancke
Local Government Bridget Parham
Environmental and Resource Management Theresa Le Bas
Corporate and Commercial Phil Taylor
Corporate and Commercial Mark Renner
Property and Real Estate Peter Duncan
Intellectual Property Shelley Slade-Gully
Partners : 24
Lawyers (including partners) : 80
Legal Executives : 5
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