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Lowndes team set to join Tompkins Wake

Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Tompkins Wake will welcome three of the team from Lowndes on 1 September. Lowndes founder Mark Lowndes, Director Kerri Dewe, and Associate Reuben Payne will join Tompkins Wake’s Auckland office. Lowndes, an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, said he and his colleagues were excited about merging their practice into Tompkins Wake.


Tompkins Wake named as an employer of choice

Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Leading law firm, Tompkins Wake has been named as a top workplace in the NZ Lawyer Employer of Choice 2020 list. The list recognises legal employers across the country who go beyond industry standards with policies and initiatives to provide their people with a safe and engaging working environment.


The Hillfarrance Scout Fund

Monday 13 July, 2020

Rob called with yet another initiative. “I’m going to launch a Scout Fund in New Zealand” he said. Well that sounds interesting. We have heard a bit about Scouts down here in New Zealand, but Scouts are a dark murky world in Silicon Valley. While aware of Sequoia’s initiative, do you really need to have a Scout program in New Zealand to find the d...


Rich, family-like culture the backbone of Tompkins Wake's COVID-19 response

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

The day New Zealand went into lockdown was the day junior solicitor Josh Nyika had been scheduled to spend working at home. March 25 was meant to have been his ‘test day’, to ensure his technology and systems at home all worked well should the time come for the Tompkins Wake team to be sent into lockdown.


Latest appointments mark 150% growth for Tompkins Wake's Auckland team

Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Tompkins Wake’s Auckland office has this month been bolstered by five new team members, including a new partner. Partner Zandra Wackenier has joined Tompkins Wake along with two members of her team that previously worked with her at Wynyard Wood.


Tompkins Wake again recognised for commitment to innovation

Friday 1 May, 2020

Tompkins Wake has been recognised as being at the forefront of innovation in law for the second year in a row. Tompkins Wake is one of 17 law firms across the country recognised as being at the forefront of innovation by NZ Lawyer.


Tompkins Wake appoints five new lawyers

Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Tompkins Wake has added five new lawyers across three of their four offices, further bolstering the firm’s capability across a broad range of legal sectors. Senior Solicitors Jasmine Findlater and Michelle Urquhart will be based in the Rotorua office, Solicitor Charlotte Lunt, and Associate Wendy Embling in Hamilton, and Senior Associate Juliet Sho...


Tompkins Wake a rising star in Legal 500 rankings

Monday 3 February, 2020

A raft of rankings in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 is yet another feather in Tompkins Wake’s cap. The Hamilton-based law firm gained rankings in six practice areas in The Legal 500 rankings (up on two the year prior) and now has 16 recommended lawyers – seven more than last year. And, it is the only law firm in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to be ran...


Tompkins Wake announces new Partner appointment

Friday 20 December, 2019

Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the promotion of Philip Monahan to Partner. The senior corporate lawyer joined Tompkins Wake in 2012 after working in London for magic circle firm, Baker & Mckenzie. Highly experienced in advising domestic and international clients on complex transactions, he is also the driving force behind Tompkins Wake's SME ...


Tompkins Wake a winner at the 2019 NZ Law Awards

Monday 25 November, 2019

Tompkins Wake was named the mid-size Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 NZ Law Awards and chief executive Jon Calder named the Managing Partner of the Year (<100 lawyers).


Tompkins Wake a quadruple finalist in the 2019 NZ Law Awards

Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for four awards at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards, one more than last year and three more than 2016.

And the firm has been a finalist in ‘Deal of the year’ categories for four years running.


Tompkins Wake advise Maui Milk on Danone supply agreement

Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised Maui Milk on their supply agreement with global food company Danone, a breakthrough deal for the Waikato sheep milk processing industry and New Zealand's emerging sheep dairy industry.


Tompkins Wake a proud sponsor of influential infrastructure symposium

Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Tompkins Wake is proud to be a sponsor of Infrastructure New Zealand’s annual Building Nations Symposium which kicks off in Rotorua today.

It is the country’s largest infrastructure conference with more than 700 delegates attending over three days.


Tompkins Wake assists Zip Co Limited with global expansion

Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Tompkins Wake assisted ASX-listed Zip Co Limited on the New Zealand aspects of their acquisition of global instalment technology platform, PartPay as part of the Australian credit card disruptors global expansion into the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and New Zealand.


AdviSME launch set to disrupt legal SME industry

Thursday 16 May, 2019

AdviSME is the brainchild of Tompkins Wake. It uses automation and AI to provide innovative and affordable legal solutions for SMEs. Small-medium business needs to be nimble and agile, requiring responsive legal services with certainty and surety on cost and quality.


Tompkins Wake announces the promotion of legal specialists

Friday 10 May, 2019

Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the promotion of two legal specialists across its Hamilton and Rotorua offices.

Becky Brown is now a senior associate, and Christine Gavin has been promoted to associate.


Tompkins Wake recognised for its commitment to innovation

Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Tompkins Wake has been named as one of 15 New Zealand law firms recognised as being at the forefront of innovation by NZ Lawyer.

The publication made the announcement this week, acknowledging firms that it deemed “not afraid to embrace change and drive the legal profession forward”. After a strategy refresh in 2016, Tompkins Wake embarked on pro...


More growth for Tompkins Wake in Auckland

Wednesday 17 April, 2019

National law firm Tompkins Wake has welcomed several new faces to its Auckland team, almost doubling in size in the past six months.

Recent high-profile appointments in the Auckland office include partner Liz Lim, special counsel Nicky Thomas, partner Campbell Izzard and partner Mike Shanahan. In addition, litigation specialist Simon Jass has b...


Senior litigator promoted to Special Counsel

Wednesday 17 April, 2019

Simon’s promotion to Special Counsel reflects the very high standard that his legal skills and knowledge have attained and his commitment to delivering excellent service to his clients, including his internal clients


Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner

Monday 8 April, 2019

Tompkins Wake has welcomed Michael Shanahan to the firm's partnership, with the experienced corporate lawyer joining their Auckland office.


Tompkins Wake CE calls on others to commit to Gender Equality Charter

Friday 29 March, 2019

Tompkins Wake chief executive Jon Calder is calling on other Waikato law firms to support the Law Society’s Gender Equality Charter. At an Institute of Directors lunch earlier this month, Calder spoke about his firm’s commitment to the Charter and the work it is doing to meet the Charter requirements – and issued a challenge.


Tompkins Wake awarded Rainbow Tick

Friday 29 March, 2019

Tompkins Wake is the first Waikato law firm to be awarded the Rainbow Tick – a programme designed to help an organisation ensure it’s a safe and welcoming workplace for all its employees.


Tompkins Wake acts on $50m sheep milk processing plant

Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited (“Food Waikato”), on a $50 million public private joint venture to establish a spray dryer for the value-added sheep milk product sector.


Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner

Monday 11 March, 2019

New partner Campbell Izzard has joined Tompkins Wake’s Auckland team this month.

Campbell’s career to date has a distinctly international flavour. Originally from the Waikato, Campbell spent two years after finishing secondary school in the mid-1990s learning Mandarin at a language university in Beijing. That would be the catalyst for spendin...


Tompkins Wake advises animal genetics disruptor on start-up and capital raise

Monday 21 January, 2019

Tompkins Wake has advised animal genetics disruptor Thermo Regulatory Genetics Limited on their startup structure and initial capital raise as the company looks to globalise the development of thermogenetics in breeding bulls.


Press Release: Two-step RMA reform to start by fixing the government's blunders

Wednesday 28 November, 2018

A two stage process to improve the resource management system was announced today [9 November 2018] by Environment Minister David Parker. The changes are separate from the legislation to set up an Urban Development Authority to fast-track housing and urban development projects. “The Resource Management Act is underperforming in some critical areas ...


Tompkins Wake celebrates CEO of the Year at business awards

Monday 5 November, 2018

Law firm Tompkins Wake’s chief executive Jon Calder was named CEO of the Year at the prestigious Westpac Waikato Business Awards on Friday night.

Jon took up the role at the Hamilton-headquartered firm in January 2016. Prior to that he was chief executive of the New Zealand National Fieldays and Mystery Creek Events Centre. Tompkins Wake is the...


Tompkins Wake triple finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards

Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards, recognising the firm's continued excellence and reputation.


Art award winner epitomises contemporary

Monday 6 August, 2018

The winning work from the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Tompkins Wake, is the epitome of contemporary, featuring a structure and appearance that will continue to change with time, along with its meaning.

You and Me. The Weight of History by Rotorua’s Sarah Ziessen was revealed as the major prize winner at the awards ceremony ...


Tompkins Wake strengthens Rotorua team

Thursday 2 August, 2018

Tompkins Wake has strengthened its Rotorua based team with two new lawyers appointed since May to join Partner Kate Sullivan as new faces for the firm in Rotorua.


Tompkins Wake introduces three new lawyers

Thursday 2 August, 2018

Tompkins Wake has appointed three new lawyers as the firm continues to strengthen and grow across its three offices. Chief Executive, Jon Calder, says the firm’s growth, driven by client demand is also underpinned by its ability to continually attract top talent.


Tompkins Wake appoints two new Partners

Monday 2 July, 2018

Leading New Zealand law firm Tompkins Wake continues to genuinely build diversity within its culture with the appointment of its two latest partners.


Tompkins Wake advises on Israeli biotech deal

Wednesday 4 April, 2018

Tompkins Wake advised Israeli Biotech leader Algatechnologies in relation to its investment in Supreme Health believed to be the first biotech deal between New Zealand and Israel.


Shelley Slade-Gully joins Tompkins Wake

Monday 15 January, 2018

Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelley Slade-Gully who joins the firm as a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial practice.


First edition of the New Zealand Women's Law Journal released

Thursday 21 December, 2017

The first edition of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal — Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine was recently released and is the only academic publication that is solely dedicated to publishing and supporting the work of women lawyers in New Zealand.


Tompkins Wake ranked among the best in Asia Pacific

Monday 11 December, 2017

Tompkins Wake has been ranked among the Asia Pacific region’s best performing law firms in the latest findings of global legal capability researcher The Legal 500, the only law firm in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to make the list.


Tompkins Wake appoints three new Partners

Friday 1 December, 2017

Tompkins Wake has appointed three new partners as it continues to grow its high level legal work presence in the North Island and its client following.


Tompkins Wake double finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards.

Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards, recognising the firm’s continued excellence and reputation.


Tompkins Wake back MyApiary as winner

Monday 19 June, 2017

The Tompkins Wake IP Strategy & Commercialisation Award is focused on a recipient company, group or individual whose innovation can best benefit from commercialisation strategy and IP advice from one of New Zealand’s leading law firms.


Tompkins Wake joins elite global law network.

Monday 12 June, 2017

Tompkins Wake has been accepted as a member of First Law International, the only EU-based elite global network, as ranked by Chambers Global of more than 75 independent, full-service, high quality law firms.


Tompkins Wake appoints new Partner

Thursday 1 June, 2017

Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Orme to Partner.

Andrew joined Tompkins Wake in February 2017 and is a property and commercial law specialist based in the firms Rotorua office. Andrew has over 13 years’ experience in private and in-house practice in Wellington, Napier, Christchurch and Toronto.


Rachel Scott joins Tompkins Wake

Monday 8 May, 2017

Tompkins Wake welcomes Rachel Scott to our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team.


Driving innovation at grass roots - the Antahi Story

Monday 10 April, 2017

Cambridge-based company, Antahi Innovations Ltd, has gone from strength to strength after winning the Tompkins Wake IP and Commercialisation Award at the NZ Agricultural Fieldays in 2016 which provided commercial and intellectual property advice and support to the innovative start-up.


A new era for Tompkins Wake

Monday 19 September, 2016

Tompkins Wake opens its new office in Rotorua signalling its long-term commitment to the city and region.


Tompkins Wake NZ Law Awards 2016 finalist

Friday 16 September, 2016

Tompkins Wake nominated for mid market deal of the year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards


Tompkins Wake acts on 11Ants Analytics sale to Air New Zealand

Thursday 9 April, 2015

Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised WaikatoLink Limited, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, on the sale of the business of spinout company 11Ants Analytics to Air New Zealand.


Tompkins Wake advises Ligar on capital raise

Monday 16 February, 2015

Tompkins Wake advised Hamilton-based Ligar, the developer of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for purification and extraction, on its first capital raise; an initial investment from Wallace Corporation.