Firm Profile > Tompkins Wake > Hamilton, New Zealand
Tompkins Wake Offices
WESSTPAC HOUSE, LEVEL 8
430 VICTORIA STREET, PO BOX 258
Tompkins Wake > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 3Tompkins 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.
‘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.’
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 3Tompkins 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.
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.
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.
Corporate and M&A Tier 4Tompkins 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.
‘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. ‘
UPFintech Holding Limited
Zip Co Limited
Hamilton City Council
Tompkins Wake > Firm Profile
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.
|Chief Executive Officer||Jon Calderfirstname.lastname@example.org||+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|
|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|
|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|
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