Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of eleven new Senior Solicitors in our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices*, and to welcome three new Senior Solicitors in our Auckland and Wellington offices. The firm has also been joined by a new Senior Associate, Kirsty Millard, in our Wellington Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.
Auckland Senior Solicitors
Colin Fife, Corporate & Commercial
Colin specialises in commercial and competition law, corporate matters, and regulatory issues. He advises New Zealand companies on their obligations under the Commerce Act 1986 and the Fair Trading Act 1986. Colin also advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including M&A, trade remedies, and contractual negotiations and disputes.
Luke Fitzgibbon, Corporate & Commercial
Luke specialises in M&A, corporate and securities law and general commercial law. He assists clients on all aspects of M&A transactions, capital raisings and commercial contracts. He has particular expertise in employee share plans and property syndications.
Mace Gorringe, Finance
Mace specialises in finance, debt securities and insolvency law and advises both banks and corporate clients on a broad range of financial matters, including capital and other fund raising activities and bilateral/syndicated lending. Mace joined Chapman Tripp’s Corporate & Commercial team in 2007 and moved into the finance team in 2009.
Jeremy Gray, Corporate & Commercial
Jeremy recently joined Chapman Tripp from another large New Zealand law firm. Jeremy specialises in corporate and commercial law, focussing on private equity and venture capital, M&A and information and communications technology.
Jane Innes-Jones, Finance
Jane is a Chapman Tripp alumna who recently returned to the firm after working for Olswang LLP in London. Jane advises clients on a broad range of banking and finance transactions and has a particular interest in corporate finance, syndications and property finance. She also advises banks and insolvency practitioners on the restructuring and enforcement of distressed assets.
Sabrina Muck, Private Client & Trusts
Sabrina advises on trust matters for domestic and offshore-based clients, including trust formation and administration, and on a range of corporate matters. In addition, she advises on the establishment and operation of non-corporate entities such as charitable trusts and limited partnerships.
Rupesh Patel, Tax
Rupesh advises clients on a range of tax issues including income tax, goods and services tax, cross-border structuring issues, and international taxation. He is a chartered accountant and has previously worked for a leading accounting firm.
Rebecca Rose, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Rebecca specialises in general civil litigation and dispute resolution. Since joining Chapman Tripp in 2011, Rebecca has been involved in a number of the firm’s high profile cases. She has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of New Zealand, as well as in major commercial arbitration.
Wellington Senior Associate
Kirsty Millard, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Kirsty Millard recently joined Chapman Tripp as a Senior Associate in the Wellington litigation team. Previously, Kirsty was a Crown Counsel in the tax and commercial team of the Crown Law office. Kirsty has considerable litigation experience; she has represented clients at all levels of the judicial system and has experience with a variety of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Kirsty has particular expertise in public law and energy issues.
Wellington Senior Solicitors
Kate Fairbrother, Corporate & Commercial
Kate recently joined Chapman Tripp from international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna in London. She specialises in commercial and corporate law with an emphasis on information and communications technology, outsourcing, software licences, e-business and other commercial arrangements. Kate has advised a variety of customer and supplier clients in a range of sectors including retail, technology, media and telecoms, energy and utilities, but has a particular focus on the financial services sector.
Bela Mistry, Finance
Bela has experience advising various banks and corporates on a range of issues in the corporate finance, contracting, and general banking fields. She also advises clients on commercial law issues, and has experience acting for both vendors and purchasers in M&A transactions.
Grace Rippingale, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Grace specialises in civil litigation and dispute resolution. She advises clients on a broad range of disputes, with particular expertise in insurance, health and safety in employment, directors’ duties, and the Public Works Act. Grace has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court.
Katherine Viskovic, Environment, Planning & Resource Management
Katherine specialises in environment, planning and resource management law. She has extensive expertise in the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental legislation. She has been involved in commercial projects, land use planning and infrastructure development and consenting, as well as advising clients on the reform of environmental legislation and local, regional and national planning documents.
Christchurch Senior Solicitors
Sara Isherwood, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Sara specialises in insurance litigation, managing complex legal claims. She has experience in alternative dispute resolution, District Court, and High Court proceedings. Sara advises clients on a wide range of matters including professional indemnity claims, health and safety prosecutions, statutory and public liability claims and fidelity insurance.
Kirsten Todd, Corporate & Commercial
Kirsten specialises in corporate and commercial law with a focus on banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, commercial contracts, commercial property and statutory and regulatory compliance. She advises clients from a range of sectors including primary and secondary processing, technology and energy and has particular expertise in the financial service provider regime.
Chapman Tripp now has 53 Partners, 34 Senior Associates, 31 Senior Solicitors and over 120 other legal staff.
*Effective 1 March 2013.