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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 three legal specialists across its Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua offices.

Becky Brown is now a senior associate, and Christine Gavin and Carlo Wan are both now associates.


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 awarded Rainbow Tick

Friday 12 April, 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 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

Tuesday 2 April, 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 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 welcomes new Special Counsel

Monday 14 January, 2019

Tompkins Wake is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicky Thomas as Special Counsel based in our Auckland office. An experienced property law expert, Nicky's work covers all aspects of land-related transactions, ancillary financing, and private client matters.


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 welcomes new partner

Monday 5 November, 2018

Tompkins Wake welcomes a new partner to the team today – Liz Lim, who is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s top banking and finance lawyers.

Liz has more than 15 years’ New Zealand and international experience acting for originators, borrowers, funders and trustees. Prior to joining Tompkins Wake, Liz was with Bell Gully, Auckland, and Alle...


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 three new lawyers appointed since May to join Partner Kate Sullivan as new faces for the firm in Rotorua.


Tompkins Wake introduces four new lawyers

Thursday 2 August, 2018

Tompkins Wake has appointed four 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.


Alaina Soanes joins Tompkins Wake

Thursday 22 February, 2018

Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the appointment of Alaina Soanes who joins the firm as a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial practice.


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