Tompkins Wake

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Tompkins Wake
Headquarters Hamilton
No. of offices4
No. of lawyers75+
No. of employees130+
Major practice areasFull Service
Key peoplePeter Fanning (Chair), Jon Calder (CEO)
Date founded1922

Tompkins Wake is a New Zealand law firm, headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand with offices also in Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga. The firm was founded as Tompkins and Wake in Hamilton on 22 June 1922 by Lance Tompkins and Cecil Barry Wake (known as Barry Wake).


Tompkins was a prominent lawyer in Hamilton. In 1958, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel. In 1963, he was called to the Supreme Court. [1]

Sir David Tompkins (Lance Tompkins' son), studied from 1947 to 1952 and graduated from the then University of New Zealand with an LLB. He was also a partner in Tompkins Wake, was made a QC, and then sat as a High Court Judge in Auckland. Sir David was Chancellor of the University of Waikato from 1981 to 1985 [2]

While the firm still bears its founders' names, it did become Tompkins, Wake, Paterson and Bathgate during the 1960s through to the 1980s when it returned to Tompkins Wake. [3]

The firm famously launched the "Case for Hamilton" [4] in 2009, threatening to sue the rest of New Zealand because it was difficult to recruit lawyers.

In November 2010 Tompkins Wake acquired Swarbrick Dixon to create Hamilton's largest law firm. The firm then opened its Auckland office in 2012 and in November 2014 Tompkins Wake merged with Davys Burton in Rotorua. [5]

Current partners

The current partnership of Tompkins Wake are:

Andrew Orme, Bridget Parham, Bryce Davey, Campbell Stewart, Fraser Wood, James MacGillivray, Kate Cornegé, Kate Sullivan, Kate Searancke, Kerri Dewe, Mark Hammond, Mark Renner, Marianne Mackintosh, Michael Shanahan, Peter Duncan, Peter Fanning, Philip Monahan, Phil Taylor, Scott Ratuki, Shelley Slade-Gully, Stephanie Ambler, Theresa Le Bas, Tom Arieli, Zandra Wackenier. [6]

Awards and recognition







Other notable partners

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