Chapman Tripp announces four new partners and two new senior associates

​Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the appointment of four new partners and two new senior associates, effective 1 December 2015.

Luke Hinchey becomes a resource management partner in Auckland and Tim Smith becomes a litigation partner in Wellington.

The firm’s Christchurch office continues to grow with Fiona Bennett’s appointment as a corporate partner and Ben Williams in resource management.

The two senior associate promotions are in the firm’s Wellington office, Kate Fairbrother in the Corporate team and Mieke Upton in Tax.

These appointments reflect increased client demand and our commitment to provide our clients with senior strategic advisors to advise them on their critical business legal issues and projects.

Managing Partner Andrew Poole said:  “We are delighted to announce that Luke, Tim, Ben and Fiona are joining the partnership; and Mieke and Kate have been promoted to senior associates. We congratulate them all on this achievement. These appointments bring additional strength to all three offices.”

New partners


Luke Hinchey, Resource Management
Luke specialises in all aspects of resource management and environmental law and public works, advising private and public clients on development and infrastructure projects, resource management litigation, transactions, development and financial contributions and district and regional planning processes.


Tim Smith, Litigation

Tim specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Tim has considerable experience in advising and representing major clients at all court levels across a wide range of commercial issues, with particular expertise in telecommunications law, competition law, and energy and natural resources litigation.


Fiona Bennett, Corporate

Fiona specialises in corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on construction and procurement contracts, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. She advises clients on complex negotiations with local and international entities to achieve desired outcomes.

Ben Williams, Resource Management

Ben is a resource management and environmental specialist. He has particular expertise in natural resources and urban and rural infrastructure.  He has secured consents on major South Island infrastructure projects.

New senior associates


Kate Fairbrother, Corporate
Kate specialises in commercial and corporate law with an emphasis on ICT, outsourcing, procurement and other commercial arrangements. Kate has advised a variety of customer and supplier clients in a range of sectors including financial services, technology, media and telecoms, energy and utilities.
Mieke Upton, Tax
Mieke specialises in taxation law.  She advises both domestic and international clients on a wide range of New Zealand tax matters including structuring, cross-border investments, tax disputes and policy and legislative outcomes.

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