New Zealand: Chapman Tripp home to the "stars", says latest research
Last Updated: 3 March 2012

Chapman Tripp was the only New Zealand law firm to have two of its lawyers ranked as "stars" by leading international legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific 2012, released last week.

Partners Jack Hodder SC and John Strowger were recognised for their dispute resolution and corporate practices respectively.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 ranked Chapman Tripp as Tier 1 in eight practice areas and Tier 2 in the remaining four.

The independent research also recognised nine new leading lawyers at Chapman Tripp, bringing the total number of lawyers ranked to 38. Newly ranked lawyers were: Roger Wallis, Nick Wells, Tim Williams (corporate), John McKay (dispute resolution), Geoff Bevan (employment), Ross Pennington (finance), John Knight (insurance), Bill Sandston (real estate) and David Patterson (tax).

The 2012 guide also introduced a new sub-practice area, "insurance: contentious". Two Chapman Tripp lawyers were noted as leading in this area: Adam Ross and John Knight.

Chambers international guides to the legal profession identify and rank the world's best lawyers. Lawyers are assessed against criteria valued by clients, including technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money.

Chapman Tripp Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 Rankings Summary

Practice area Leading lawyers Commentary
Banking & Finance (Tier 1) Dermot Ross
John Sproat
Mark Reese
Peter Bennett
Ross Pennington
Michael Anderson
Cathryn Barber
"A sound commercial approach and good to engage with."
Competition/ Antitrust (Tier 1) Grant David
Lindsey Jones
Neil Anderson
Jack Hodder

"In terms of style, deliverance and client relationships, they are consistently top of the list of firms we use."

"They are very keen to assist in any way they can. Secondees are always fantastic."

Corporate/ Commercial (Tier 1) John Strowger (Star) Barry Brown
Geof Shirtcliffe
Roger Wallis
Tim Williams
Nick Wells
Tim Tubman

"A good role model internationally for client service. They go out of their way to make sure the client is happy."

"We find Chapman Tripp responsive, well managed and easy to deal with. The partners' technical knowledge is outstanding."

Dispute Resolution (Tier 1) Jack Hodder (Star)
Adam Ross
Doug Alderslade
Pheroze Jagose
Bruce Scott
John McKay

"They consistently provide us with first-class, commercially focused advice."

"The firm is very responsive and commercial, and takes the time to understand our business."

Dispute Resolution > Insurance: Contentious (NA) JAdam Ross
John Knight

John Knight is praised as being "pretty much the best in the country in understanding insurance law."

According to clients, Adam Ross's "depth of expertise in commercial dispute resolution is highly respected in the business world – he's a truly accomplished litigator."

Real Estate (Tier 1) Bill Sandston
Matt Carroll
"A team of talented and industrious partners."
Public Law (Tier 1) Andy Nicholls
Frank McLaughlin
"Cost-effective, top-tier practitioners; pragmatic and reliable."
Restructuring & Insolvency (Tier 1) Michael Arthur
Michael Harper
Michael Anderson

"A practical law firm that doesn't give lengthy and costly advice when you don't need it: they provide what's relevant to your situation."

"Probably the best workout/restructuring team in New Zealand."

TMT (sole firm in Tier 1) Bruce McClintock
Helen Bowie

"They are responsive and intuitive, and have good knowledge of the industry in areas that are relevant to our business."

"They are responsive and intuitive, and have good knowledge of the industry in areas that are relevant to our business." "We appreciate the extra degree of scrutiny the team provides."

Employment (Tier 2) Doug Alderslade
Geoff Bevan

"Well-resourced, thorough and professional. Response times are good and they have always met commitments."

Energy & Natural Resources (Tier 2) Bradley Kidd

This firm continues to represent a number of energy companies in disputes and corporate transactions, and also fields a flourishing resource management practice.

Intellectual Property (Tier 2) Matt Sumpter

"Provides succinct, firm advice."

Tax (Tier 2) Casey Plunket
David Patterson
Graeme Olding

"A good team with a large share of the market."

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