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About us - New Zealand#39;s pre-eminent law firm delivers the highest levels of legal and business performanceAbout us

New Zealand's leading full service law firm – over 135 years of success

With 50 partners and over 200 legal staff across three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we have the resources and experience to advise on all areas of New Zealand law.

We help clients achieve a competitive edge in today’s market with clear, commercially focussed advice across all of their legal requirements, including commercial, corporate, property, construction, finance, tax, dispute resolution, environmental and government relations issues.

We play key roles in mergers and acquisitions, disposals, takeovers, financing, insolvency, restructuring, banking, procurement processes, large scale infrastructure projects and dispute resolution proceedings.

Our lawyers have worked in Australia, the US, Asia, Africa, the UK and Europe and are well placed to advise on inbound and outbound trade and investment matters.

We advise major New Zealand and multinational players in all industries and sectors of the economy.

Awards and recognition

Whilst we don’t measure our success by the number of awards we have won, they do reinforce the value of the results we achieve for our clients and the pride everyone in the firm takes in our work. Here are a few recent achievements we’re proud of:
  • 10 practice area Tier One rankings – Chambers Asia Pacific 2016
  • National Law Firm of the Year for New Zealand – 2016 & 2015 IFLR Asia Awards
  • New Zealand Deal Team of the Year (Corporate) – 2016 & 2015 Australasian Law Awards
  • New Zealand Deal Maker of the Year (John Strowger) – 2015 Australasian Law Awards
  • New Zealand Law Firm of the Year – 2015 & 2014 Chambers Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence
  • Managing Partner of the Year – 2015 New Zealand Law Awards
  • New Zealand Employer of Choice – 2015 & 2014 Australasian Lawyer survey

Our values

Chapman Tripp’s culture is based on five core values: integrity, people, collaborative, astute and dynamic.

This means we are open, honest and ethical. We are trustworthy – willing to be accountable and courageous.

We respect people and value individuality and diversity. We embrace the role we play in our wider community. And we make what we do enjoyable for the people involved.

Being collaborative is important to us. We work with each other and our clients as an inclusive team to achieve shared goals.

We provide clear and commercial views that demonstrate excellent judgement and intelligent thought. We value innovation, and we engage with energy, focus and flair.

Diversity and Belonging

Constant change, the fast pace of advancing technology, sustainability and competition for the best talent are some of today’s challenges.  More than ever we must work in partnership with our clients and community and remain relevant to be our best and attract the best.

To us, diversity is and will be a key factor in our continued success.  We see diversity as multi-faceted; it encompasses gender, ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation and social background as well as age, thinking and working styles.  We believe our differences can be used to great advantage; it enables better decision making and performance, encourages innovation and brings fresh perspective to our work.

We are 100% committed to creating a culture of diversity and belonging which focusses on equal opportunity, merit and providing the tools to be our best.  Our end goal is to remove all barriers to working at Chapman Tripp. 

Putting our words into action

We have been quietly making some significant progress toward our goal and this is a snapshot of some of the things we have achieved so far:

  • Since 2007, the Women@CT programme, has focussed on the development and advancement of women in the firm.
  • Flexible and remote working opportunities for all.
  • Mandarin and Te Reo Māori language classes and coaching on cultural norms.
  • Inclusive leadership training to raise awareness of what influences our perceptions of others and how we can all contribute to building an inclusive culture.
  • Active support for Māori in law and business.
  • Partnering with First Foundation, a unique educational trust which offers talented young New Zealanders, with few financial resources, the chance to achieve their potential through tertiary education.
  • Chapman Tripp is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (EEO) in New Zealand and we are a signatory to the United Nations Women and United Nations Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Our statistics show that we are making progress:

  • 20% of our partners are women
  • 49% of our partner promotions over the past five years have been women
  • 63% of our senior associate promotions in 2015 were women
  • 57% of our legal promotions overall in 2015 were women
  • 51% of our legal staff are women

A number of our staff have formal and informal flexible working arrangements, including four partners.

 Recognition for what we have achieved so far

  • Winner of the 2015 White Camellia award; this award recognises organisations that have made the most progress in advancing the international United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. We won our award for our diversity strategy and for demonstrating high-level corporate leadership on gender equality
  • New Zealand Employer of Choice – 2015 and 2014 Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice
  • Employer of Choice – 2014 (100+ employees) at the New Zealand Law Awards
  • Winner of the Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law award for the best gender diversity initiative by an Australasian firm and the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law award for the best gender diversity initiative by a national firm in 2013
  • Our Women@CT programme was Highly Commended in the “Worklife Balance Award” category at the EEO Trust Awards in 2010.

Leadership Team