Firm Profile > Tompkins Wake > Tauranga, New Zealand

Tompkins Wake
THE VAULT, 53 SPRING STREET
3110
New Zealand

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Tompkins Wake handles high-level commercial and private client litigation and arbitration for large, nationally recognised clients with disputes involving dairy industry regulation, agribusiness, insurance, energy, telecommunications, intellectual property, aviation and property. The firm also has a strong local government practice, which calls on the disputes resolution practice to handle commercial and property litigation, judicial review, electoral matters, tendering, rates disputes, employment and defamation cases. In Hamilton, Mark Hammond leads the leads the employment and health and safety practice; James MacGillivray leads on commercial litigation and counts Air New Zealand among his key clients; Stephanie Ambler is head of the relationship property practice; and Kate Cornegé has extensive experience in regulated industries such as dairy, energy and telecommunications.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hammond

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Air New Zealand

Open Country Dairy Limited

Rotorua Lakes Council

Hamilton City Council

WEL Networks Limited

South Waikato District Council

IBC Japan Limited

Intellectual property Tier 3

Tompkins Wake in Hamilton joins the ranking for its work in designing and developing IP strategies, for which it draws on the expertise of its corporate and litigation practices. A key area of focus is the enforcement of trade marks, copyright, designs and domain names, though the practice also has significant expertise in trade mark portfolio management and strategic IP advice. Its work encompasses advice on trade marks, copyright and patents, as well as IP due diligence. Commercial senior associate Shelley Slade-Gully and litigation partner Kate Cornegé are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Shelley Slade-Gully; Kate Cornegé

Testimonials

“The firm has good trustworthy professionals. I have worked most recently with the IP lawyers who have been outstanding.”

“All are responsive and trustworthy. you know that they understand their work intimately.”

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 3

Tompkins Wake's Hamilton office advises on environmental and resource management law, assisting clients with the Resource Management Act and associated legislation. The firm is a key player in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, where it acts for numerous local government authorities, large corporate farming entities and private clients. Its work encompasses resource consents, designations of land, district plan reviews, environmental due diligence and enforcement actions. Theresa Le Bas has almost 30 years' experience in resource management and local government law. Bridget Parham and Marianne Mackintosh are the other key partners.

Practice head(s):

Theresa Le Bas; Bridget Parham; Marianne Mackintosh

Testimonials

“Responsive and professional, Theresa Le Bas provides exceptional service, responsiveness and excellent RMA advice.”

“There is a wide range of legal expertise in a large team with number of partners across the RMA field. Locally based in Hamilton, it is accessible and face-to-face contact easy.”

“Bridget Parham is an expert in her field. She provides excellent written work – very clear and logical, making it easy to understand. She also provides excellent verbal direction and advice – often on the spot or off the cuff without any research. She knows the basics for resource consents inside out and is very organised when it comes to appeal proceedings.”

“Bridget Parham provides incredibly timely advice and makes herself very accessible – at almost any time of day – she is responsive and quick to support staff with wide range of questions.”

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Otorohanga District Council

Rotorua Lakes Council

Waikato District Council

Waipa District Council

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Property is the single largest practice area at Tompkins Wake, which joins the ranking this year. The firm acts for private clients, businesses, developers, investors, end-users, property funds and local government authorities in construction projects, developments, acquisitions and disposals, and leasing transactions. The firm has a particularly strong SME client base, and its new AdviSME service is designed especially to simplify access to legal services for SMEs. Commercial property specialist Scott Ratuki and property and real estate practice head Peter Duncan are the key practitioners. Ratuki and Peter Fanning are recognised experts in large-scale developments and subdivisions and is frequently involved in large developments in Hamilton.

Practice head(s):

Scott Ratuki; Peter Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Fanning; Campbell Stewart; Kate James

Key clients

Foster Construction Limited

Stark Property Limited

Ata Rangi 2015 Limited Partnership

Banking and finance Tier 4

Tompkins Wake joins the ranking having expanded its offering in Auckland with the hire of specialist banking and finance partner Liz Lim , formerly special counsel at Bell Gully. Lim frequently advises banks and other financial institutions, investment firms, local government entities and corporates. Her main areas of expertise are asset and lease financing, property and construction financing, and acquisition financing, though she frequently handles corporate financing, securitisation and regulatory matters. She recently acted for UPFintech Holding Limited in the preparation for its IPO on NASDAQ. Update: In early 2020, Lim joined Dentons Kensington Swan.

Testimonials

“The firm has a great little  niche team that provides prompt service at reasonable rates.”

“Good coordination within the team, which is responsive and timely.”

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Tompkins Wake has a broad client base that includes banks, developers, institutional investors, property funds, iwi and local government entities, for which it handles corporate finance, construction projects, commercial developments, commercial acquisitions and disposals, and leasing matters. Mark Renner in Hamilton leads the practice, which provides services to many SME clients. The firm's AdviSME services provides a simplified way for SMEs to access a full range of legal services. M&A specialist Phil Taylor has more than 20 years' experience. Tom Arieli, who is a trusted advisor to businesses and high-net-worth families, and Campbell Izzard, who has experience as a foreign lawyer in China, have boosted the firm's presence in the  Auckland market.

Practice head(s):

Mark Renner

Other key lawyers:

Phil Taylor; Tom Arieli; Campbell Izzard; Philip Monahan; Alaina Soanes

Key clients

NZ Scaffolding Group Limited

The Plant People (2006) Limited

Havas Media Asia Pacific Pte Limited

Tiri Group Limited

Business Life Investment Fund Limited

Open Country Dairy Limited

New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited

Holdfast New Zealand

Claymark Limited

UPFintech Holding Limited

Gallagher Group Limited

WEL Networks Limited

The Firm: Tompkins Wake is a nationally recognised law firm headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand with offices also in  Auckland, 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).

The firms philosophy and approach centres on collaboration, and the belief that when specialisation and expertise combine in a collaborative environment, exceptional outcomes are created.

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.

Tompkins Wake is the exclusive New Zealand member of First Law international, an elite global network providing access to recognised experts across more than 75 countries worldwide, enabling the variety of business challenges,varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdictions across different countries to be navigated. This enables Tompkins Wake to provide full support for our clients at agreed rates delivering expertise and cost certainty enabling our clients to transact globally in both established and emerging markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calder jon.calder@tompkinswake.co.nz +64 7 838 6027
Chairman of Partners Peter Fanning
Banking and Finance Mark Renner
Employment/Health & Safety Mark Hammond
Life Sciences Robert Bycroft
Environmental & Resource Management Theresa Le Bas
Forestry Campbell Stewart
Relationship Property 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 Marianne Mackintosh
Property and Real Estate Andrew Orme
Corporate and Commercial Phil Taylor
Corporate and Commercial Mark Renner
Food and Beverage Phil Taylor
Property and Real Estate Peter Duncan
Property and Real Estate Peter Fanning
Intellectual Property Robert Bycroft
Partners : 20
Lawyers (including partners) : 58
Legal Executives : 7
English
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Maori
First Law International (FLI)

The Firm: Tompkins Wake is a nationally recognised law firm headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand with offices also in  Auckland, 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).

The firms philosophy and approach centres on collaboration, and the belief that when specialisation and expertise combine in a collaborative environment, exceptional outcomes are created.

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.

Tompkins Wake is the exclusive New Zealand member of First Law international, an elite global network providing access to recognised experts across more than 75 countries worldwide, enabling the variety of business challenges,varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdictions across different countries to be navigated. This enables Tompkins Wake to provide full support for our clients at agreed rates delivering expertise and cost certainty enabling our clients to transact globally in both established and emerging markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calder jon.calder@tompkinswake.co.nz 64 7 839 4771
Agribusiness and Rural Peter Fanning
Banking and Finance Liz Lim
Chairman of Partners Phil Taylor
Employment/Health & Safety Mark Hammond
Life Sciences Robert Bycroft
Environmental & Resource Management Theresa Le Bas
Forestry Campbell Stewart
Relationship Property/Trust Disputes Stephanie Ambler
Maori Business Kate Searancke
Trust Disputes Kate Sullivan
Private Clients & Trusts Peter Fanning
Private Client & 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 Marianne Mackintosh
Property and Real Estate Andrew Orme
Corporate and Commercial Phil Taylor
Corporate and Commercial Mark Renner
Property and Real Estate Peter Duncan
Intellectual Property Robert Bycroft
Partners : 20
Lawyers (including partners) : 58
Legal Executives : 7
English
Maori
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
First Law International (FLI)

The Firm: Tompkins Wake is a nationally recognised law firm headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand with offices also in  Auckland, 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).

The firms philosophy and approach centres on collaboration, and the belief that when specialisation and expertise combine in a collaborative environment, exceptional outcomes are created.

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.

Tompkins Wake is the exclusive New Zealand member of First Law international, an elite global network providing access to recognised experts across more than 75 countries worldwide, enabling the variety of business challenges,varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdictions across different countries to be navigated. This enables Tompkins Wake to provide full support for our clients at agreed rates delivering expertise and cost certainty enabling our clients to transact globally in both established and emerging markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calder jon.calder@tompkinswake.co.nz 64 7 839 4771
Chairman of Partners Peter Fanning
Banking and Finance Mark Renner
Employment/Health & Safety Mark Hammond
Life Sciences Robert Bycroft
Environmental & Resource Management Theresa Le Bas
Relationship Property/Trust Disputes Stephanie Ambler
Maori Business Kate Searancke
Agribusiness and Rural Peter Fanning
Forestry Campbell Stewart
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 Marianne Mackintosh
Property and Real Estate Andrew Orme
Corporate and Commercial Phil Taylor
Corporate and Commercial Mark Renner
Property and Real Estate Peter Duncan
Intellectual Property Shelley Slade-Gully
Partners : 22
Lawyers (including partners) : 65
Legal Executives : 7
English
Maori
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
First Law International (FLI)

The Firm: Tompkins Wake is a nationally recognised law firm headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand with offices also in  Auckland, 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).

The firms philosophy and approach centres on collaboration, and the belief that when specialisation and expertise combine in a collaborative environment, exceptional outcomes are created.

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.

Tompkins Wake is the exclusive New Zealand member of First Law international, an elite global network providing access to recognised experts across more than 75 countries worldwide, enabling the variety of business challenges,varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdictions across different countries to be navigated. This enables Tompkins Wake to provide full support for our clients at agreed rates delivering expertise and cost certainty enabling our clients to transact globally in both established and emerging markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calder jon.calder@tompkinswake.co.nz +64 7 838 6027
Chairman of Partners Peter Fanning
Banking and Finance Mark Renner
Employment/Health & Safety Mark Hammond
Life Sciences Robert Bycroft
Environmental & Resource Management Theresa Le Bas
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 Marianne Mackintosh
Property and Real Estate Andrew Orme
Corporate and Commercial Phil Taylor
Corporate and Commercial Mark Renner
Property and Real Estate Peter Duncan
Intellectual Property Robert Bycroft
Partners : 22
Lawyers (including partners) : 65
Legal Executives : 7
English
Maori
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
First Law International (FLI)