Firm Profile > Tompkins Wake > Hamilton, New Zealand

Tompkins Wake
New Zealand

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Tompkins Wake has roots in North Island, particularly around the Hamilton area, and regularly appears as defence counsel for multinational clients in their contentious issues in its key areas of expertise; dairy industry regulation, agribusiness, insurance, property, aviation, telecoms and IP. James MacGillivray  leads the team, and is supported by Kate Cornege , Stephanie Ambler  and Zandra Wackenier  the latter of whom focus on family law. Mark Hammond  heads the contentious employment and health and safety practice, while in Rotorua, Fraser Wood  has developed a specialisation acting on regulatory prosecutions including under the Resource Management Act.

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‘James MacGillivray and Kate Cornege are first class litigation solicitors in every aspect from dealing with clients in a litigation setting, analysis, process and preparing and presenting argument.’

Key clients

Air New Zealand Limited

Open Country Dairy Limited

Hamilton City Council

IBC Japan Limited

Two directors of Bodco Limited

South Waikato District Council

Waikato Regional Council

Intellectual property Tier 3

Tompkins Wake is adept at managing trade mark portfolios, often multi-jurisdictional, as well as in IP litigation (oppositions, revocations, invalidity proceedings and general dispute matters) and in commercialisation. Copyright, patents, design and IP due diligence are also areas of strength. Robert Bycroft  and Mark Lowndes  are the key partners, combining expertise in life sciences, technology and commercial transactions. Shelley Slade-Gully in Hamilton is another central figure; she assists with IP licensing, commercial agreements, branding and litigation.

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Key clients

Barfoot & Thompson

Eagle Technology

New Zealand Plumbing World Group

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 3

Tompkins Wake has established a resource management practice, notably in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, through the specialist skills of lead partners Marianne Mackintosh and Bridget Parham in Hamilton and Theresa Le Bas in Rotorua. They advise public and private sector clients on resource management and local government law, with notable work for local government authorities, large corporate farming entities and private individuals. Recent work encompasses resource consents for a municipal wastewater treatment plant and a milk processing facility’s wastewater treatment plant; representing councils in their role as responding territorial authorities; supporting territorial authorities in full district plan reviews and plan changes; and extensive work on due diligence and enforcement obligations.

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Otorohanga District Council

Rotorua Lakes Council

Waikato District Council

Waipa District Council

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The property practice is the largest group at Tompkins Wake. The firm advises private clients, businesses, developers, investors, end-users, property funds and local government authorities on a range of construction projects, developments, acquisitions, disposals and leasing. In Hamilton, Scott Ratuki leads on commercial property, while local government specialist Peter Duncan is the lead property and real estate partner. Ratuki and Peter Fanning are active in large-scale developments and subdivisions throughout New Zealand. Duncan works with major council clients in the central North Island, while up-and-coming partner Campbell Stewart focuses on Overseas Investment Office and Emissions Trading Scheme compliance. Kate Searancke brings to bear her Maori organisations and iwi matters. Andrew Orme in Rotorua focuses on commercial property and public works matters.

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Key clients

Stark Property

Foster Construction Group

Perjuli Developments Limited

Te Kowhai Estate Limited

FDL Tamahere Limited

River Road North Limited

Hamilton City Council

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Tompkins Wake is a reputable mid-size firm which is continues to develop on its corporate expertise and grow its capital raising capabilities with its recent launch of Wayfinder, a new initiative dedicated to helping emerging companies/ start-ups raise capital by getting them investment ready and developing their strategy for capital raising. Based in Hamilton, Phil Taylor  has a niche assisting early stage companies, particularly in the energy and technology sectors, at all stages of their growth, from formation through to investment funding to strategic M&A. In the same office, Mark Renner  is experienced in projects and commercial contracts and all aspects of public and private debt and equity financing. Key members in Auckland include Mark Lowndes , Tom Arieli , Bryce Davey  and Kerri Dewe.

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‘TW has a variety of experts who we have tapped to provide assistance in many different fields from property, immigration, acquisitions and disputes. Every matter is assigned to someone who is qualified and experianced in that field and we have been pleased with the outcomes. TW has introduced a cloud-based file management system for tracking the various property leases we deal with.’

‘I’ve enjoyed working with Tom Arieli over many years and have found his counsel valuable and reliable. He is able to provide the legal view, with a good balance of commercial practicality. ‘

Key clients

UPFintech Holding Limited

Zip Co Limited

Danaher Corporation

Hamilton City Council

Zambion Corporation

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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Jon Calder +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 Shelley Slade-Gully
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stephanie Ambler  photo Stephanie Ambler Partner
 Kate Cornege  photo Kate Cornege Partner
 Peter Duncan  photo Peter Duncan Partner
 Peter Fanning  photo Peter Fanning Partner
 Mark Hammond  photo Mark Hammond Partner
 James MacGillivray  photo James MacGillivray Partner
 Marianne Mackintosh  photo Marianne Mackintosh Partner
 Philip Monahan  photo Philip Monahan Partner
 Bridget Parham  photo Bridget Parham Partner
 Scott Ratuki  photo Scott Ratuki Partner
 Mark Renner  photo Mark Renner Partner
 Kate Searancke  photo Kate Searancke Partner
 Shelley Slade-Gully photo Shelley Slade-Gully Partner Trade Mark and Brand Strategy, Education Law, Copyright Advice and Protection…
 Campbell Stewart  photo Campbell Stewart Partner
 Kate Sullivan  photo Kate Sullivan Partner
 Phil Taylor  photo Phil Taylor Partner
Partners : 24
Lawyers (including partners) : 74
Legal Executives : 5
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