Trusted advisers bolster NZ's only top-tier dedicated private client team

​The appointment and promotion of two senior legal practitioners will bolster New Zealand’s only top-tier dedicated private client team.

Chapman Tripp is proud to announce the promotion of Phillippa Wilkie to special counsel and to welcome Jarrod Walker back to the firm as a partner.

The Private Client and Trusts team advises clients on the establishment, reorganisation and structuring of trusts, asset and business planning and succession matters. The team also has a broad for-purpose practice, advising on all matters relevant to charities, non-profit bodies and social enterprise.

Phillippa has been promoted to special counsel, effective 1 July. She specialises in private client and trust work, acting for families in establishing and adapting trust structures, for trustees and for counterparties dealing with trustees. She has a particular focus on for-purpose structures and makes a significant contribution to Chapman Tripp’s pro-bono legal work and CSR programme. In the recently-released 2018 Chambers HNW rankings, Phillippa was listed as an “Associate to watch” and was described as a "respected and very capable" practitioner.

Jarrod, whose appointment will be effective 1 August, focuses on asset structuring and personal asset planning for New Zealand families and advising clients on trusts and relationship property matters. He also works with charities on establishment and governance issues. He has extensive international and domestic experience in tax, banking and finance. In the 2018 Chambers HNW rankings, Jarrod was listed as a Band 2 lawyer and described as "a well-respected figure and someone who knows his stuff”.

The pair will join Arthur Young – a senior partner who is one of the firm’s co-founders back when it was called Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young – in the Private Client Team. In the 2018 Chambers HNW rankings, Arthur was listed as a Band 1 lawyer and identified as “extremely capable and a very well-respected practitioner”.

Chapman Tripp chief executive partner Nick Wells said the appointments mean the firm’s private client practice will have a deeper and broader capacity to assist clients with important trust matters including complex trust structures; family, asset, business and succession planning, as well as for-purpose and charitable activities.

“Arthur is known, well-regarded and trusted by multiple generations of families and many businesses and executives to look after their affairs, and the promotion of Jarrod and Phillippa will ensure we maintain seamless, full-service for our clients.

“We anticipate that together, these lawyers will provide strong leadership for our successful private client and trusts practice and maintain the excellent work Arthur has continued to do after 55 years of legal practice.”

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