Nine new June appointments at Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of seven new senior associates, and the recognition of two senior legal advisors in its Auckland and Christchurch offices, effective 1 June 2019.

The promotions are in litigation, corporate, tax and property and reflect Chapman Tripp’s wide range of expertise as New Zealand’s leading full-service law firm.

Chapman Tripp Chief Executive Partner (Hoa Rangapū Whakarae) Nick Wells said, “I am delighted to recognise our talented lawyers. These promotions are an acknowledgement of the dedication and passion of our people who deliver excellent client service.”


Joseph Lill – Litigation & dispute resolution

Joseph specialises in health and safety as well as general civil litigation and insurance law. He regularly advises clients during investigations and has appeared in District Court and High Court proceedings.


Philip Ascroft – Corporate & commercial

Philip specialises in corporate and securities law. He has a particular focus on equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, and regularly provides listed company compliance and corporate governance advice.

Luke Bowers – Corporate & commercial

Luke’s expertise lies in corporate and securities law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients on a broad range of transactions, including private mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, reorganisations and capital raisings, on Overseas Investment Act matters

Tom Cleary – Litigation & dispute resolution

Tom is an experienced commercial litigator who is skilled in advising and representing clients in complex disputes. He has particular expertise in intellectual property, media, trusts, contract and consumer protection law.

Robert Grignon – Tax*

Robert is a tax specialist advising on all aspects of New Zealand tax law, with a particular focus on M&A transactions, cross-border investment, property transactions and post-settlement iwi corporate structuring.

Sam Holden – Litigation & dispute resolution

Sam specialises in commercial litigation with a particular focus on banking and finance, insolvency and construction disputes. He also represents clients in connection with regulatory investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission, Securities Commission, Financial Markets Authority and Serious Fraud Office.

Jacob Kerkin – Litigation & dispute resolution

Jacob is an experienced commercial litigator with expertise in a broad range of disputes, including those relating to property and construction, class actions, banking and finance, contract and tort.

Amelia Markram – Property & real estate*

Amelia specialises in construction and major projects, advising clients on the front and back ends. She has extensive experience in large scale construction contracts and consultancy arrangements on a wide range of projects

Kylie Mutch – Property & real estate

Kylie works with developer and contractor clients on domestic and international construction projects across a wide variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, mining, energy and infrastructure.

*Robert and Amelia will become senior associates once they have satisfied New Zealand Law Society requirements.

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