Solicitors from across six of Chapman Tripp’s specialist practice areas, have
been promoted to Senior Associate, effective 1 June 2020.
congratulates all newly appointed Senior Associates: Nicola de Wit, Hayden
Reyngoud and Alexander Schumacher in Auckland; Jessica Elder, Chris Gillies,
Sarah Quilliam-Mayne, Sebastian Templeton and Anthony Wicks in Chapman Tripp’s
Wellington office; and Michelle Nicol, based in Christchurch.
Chapman Tripp chief
executive partner, Nick Wells said, ”Each have proved themselves to be a
successful lawyer within their field, and an emerging leader within the firm.
We are thrilled to be able to recognise their hard work and talent with this
in resource consent and designation processes under the Resource Management
Act, Nicola de Wit advises national infrastructure providers,
property developers, Māori organisations, environmental organisations and other
businesses and individuals. She also assists clients with Local Government Act
development contributions and Public Works Act issues. She has extensive
experience advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues, and has a
particular interest in legislative and regulatory reform.
a broad range of banking transactions, Hayden Reyngoud has a particular focus on corporate and
property finance. Prior to Chapman Tripp, Hayden worked in leading law firms in
London and Jersey where he advised clients on a wide variety of financing
transactions, specialising in cross-border real estate financing. He can help
clients navigate local legal requirements and co-ordinate multiple
jurisdictions in global transactions.
Schumacher specialises in financial
services regulation, insurance and anti-money laundering law. Before joining
Chapman Tripp, Alexander worked as a senior solicitor in the Office of the
Chief Tax Counsel at Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for over a decade.
While at IRD, he helped prepare the Commissioner of IRD's binding rulings and
statements on complex high-value transactions and interpretative issues. Alex
brings a deep understanding of constructively working with regulators.
in various aspects of corporate finance, Jessica Elder advises borrowers and lenders on syndicated and
bi-lateral bank financing, wholesale and retail bond offers and other capital
markets transactions. Jess can provide sound counsel to organisations operating
across Asia-Pacific, and has previously practised in Hong Kong as a registered
foreign lawyer seconding with Clifford Chance. She also advises clients on
commercial law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions.
experienced legal counsel, Chris Gillies advises clients on mergers and acquisitions,
joint ventures, group reorganisations, equity investments, corporate governance
and commercial contracts. Chris re-joined the firm in 2019 after spending three
years in Washington DC where he gained an advanced degree in international
business and economic law and admission to the New York State bar. During this
period Chris also acted as Legal Counsel for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise,
the New Zealand Government’s trade promotion agency.
extensive experience of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Sarah
Quilliam-Mayne advises clients on a
wide range of commercial disputes. She helps with contractual and statutory
interpretation, tort and equity-based claims, insurance, regulatory and
contentious public law issues. Sarah advises clients throughout the
litigation strategy phase through to representing them in court or arbitral
proceedings, and has appeared in all New Zealand courts as junior counsel right
up to the Supreme Court. Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, Sarah spent five years
as a commercial litigator at an international law firm in London.
Specialising in competition and regulatory law, Sebastian
Templeton is experienced in
engaging with regulators and advising on merger control, cartel and other
enforcement matters, regulatory matters and overseas investment. He works
closely with clients across a wide range of industries, including airports,
energy and telecommunications. Seb also has a detailed understanding of the
policy and legislative process, and was seconded with Treasury for five months
working closely on the 2018 reforms to the Overseas Investment Act.
Anthony Wicks specialises in public law and commercial litigation
and dispute resolution. He advises a wide range of clients in the public and
private sectors and has particular expertise in public sector decision-making
and the exercise of statutory powers. He represents clients in judicial
reviews, declaratory proceedings and Privacy Act claims, as well as a wide
range of commercial disputes, including tort and equitable claims. Anthony is a
member of the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law Committee
and he will be returning to the firm’s Wellington
office in 2021 following parental leave.
Michelle Nicol specialises in insurance litigation with a
particular focus on statutory liability and professional indemnity claims. She
regularly acts for individuals and organisations involved in Health and
Disability Commissioner investigations, Human Rights Review Tribunal proceedings,
and Coroner’s inquests. Also experienced in regulatory prosecutions, Michelle
helps individuals and organisations that are being investigated and prosecuted
under the Health and Safety at Work Act, Civil Aviation Act and Resource Management
Tripp also promoted seven talented lawyers to Senior Solicitor earlier this