Strong showing for Waikato law firms in national awards


Three Hamilton firms are finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards.

Tompkins Wake is up for three awards, while Practica Legal is a finalist in the Employment Law Specialist Firm category, and Harkness Henry is nominated for mid-size law firm.

Practica Legal is the only employment law specialist outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to gain a nod.

Tompkins Wake won nominations for mid-size law firm of the year (firms with 6-23 partners), for mid-market deal of the year for the $67million sale of BBC Technologies to Norwegian-based TOMRA, and for employer of choice (51-100 lawyers).

Practica Legal director Erin Burke said she was honoured so many clients had shown their support for her practice, which is only in its fourth year.

She attributes the satisfaction of her clients to the common-sense legal approach taken to finding prompt, cost-effective solutions to employment law problems, and providing excellent service at a reasonable price.

“While this is a great news for Practica Legal, it’s also great news for our city to be so well represented with quality legal services,” she said. “So many national indicators are tracking Hamilton’s emergence as a great place to live, work and do business, and this is further evidence that you don’t need to go to Shortland Street or Lambton Quay to get great legal representation.”

Tompkins Wake chief executive Jon Calder said the firm was honoured to be recognised by the New Zealand Law Awards as a finalist and as one of New Zealand’s leading law firms.

Founded in 1922, the commercial law firm provides legal services to clients across New Zealand from its offices in Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua, with further expansion soon to be announced.

“Over the past decade we have continued to grow and invest in building a team of exceptionally talented people focused on specialisation and expertise,” Mr Calder said.

“At a time when our industry has been in turmoil in terms of its culture, we’re especially proud to have been nominated in the employer of choice category.

“We pride ourselves on providing a workplace where our team feels valued, safe and supported, and its achievements celebrated.”

He said Tompkins Wake works to ensure the firm delivers exceptional service and outcomes for clients.

“We are delighted that the quality of our work, our client service and the excellence we deliver in solving our clients’ complex and sophisticated problems has been recognised with these nominations.”

Now in their 14th year, the New Zealand Law Awards celebrate excellence in the legal industry, recognising outstanding firms, lawyers and in-house teams for their achievements over the past 12 months, as well as the landmark deals that have shaped the business landscape.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 15, in Auckland.


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