We invest in initiatives that positively support our community

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Being connected to our community and our environment is part of our DNA – and has been for over 100 years. We are proud to play an active role within the communities in which we work, providing funding, legal skills and time to make a difference. Our focus is supporting youth and education, charitable entities and social business initiatives, and a flourishing arts community in Aotearoa New Zealand. We have formal partnerships with four community organisations:

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Continuing Sir Peter Blake's leadership legacy

Through adventure, participation, education and enjoyment, BLAKE inspires people to care for the environment, and prepare them to lead environmental change.

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Enabling bright people to build brilliant businesses

Creative HQ helps to fuel New Zealand’s innovation economy through programmes it runs for entrepreneurs of all levels – start-ups, corporate businesses and government agencies.

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Building a better future for our talented youth

First Foundation’s work is closely aligned with our firm values and positive contribution to New Zealand's youth and their education.

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Enriching the cultural life of Aotearoa

Whakarangatirahia te oranga ahurea o Aotearoa

We are passionate about the arts and proud to have supported New Zealand Opera for more than 25 years.

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At Chapman Tripp, we all like to give something back. Everyone has the opportunity to volunteer either by providing pro bono legal advice, or by doing something in their local community that’s got nothing to do with their everyday job.Edward Scorgie, CSR Committee Chair

Investing our time and legal expertise through pro bono

We support a wide and diverse range of pro bono clients. We believe that supporting worthwhile organisations should simply be part of life at Chapman Tripp. Since we first began our pro bono programme, we’ve provided legal support to more than 700 individuals and organisations.

Separately, all our people are given an additional day of leave each year to work with a good cause of their choice.

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A long-standing and proud supporter of the arts in New Zealand

We work closely with a number of organisations. Opera New Zealand is one of our key partners, and has been for over 25 years. We support Arts Access Aotearoa, who increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation. We support Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; which plays an important role in the cultural landscape of the community, and Circa Theatre; which has been championing theatre in New Zealand for more than 40 years.

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Our recent news

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Newly-appointed Special Counsel in hot demand with international clients

The firm has elevated Joshua Jones to Special Counsel, recognising the skills and impressive network of international contacts he brings to the firm’s financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

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New Zealand infrastructure – ready for lift-off?

Pressure on all forms of infrastructure in New Zealand remains high with little evidence of physical progress in recent years. But, we may now be about to obtain lift-off, according to our latest publication, New Zealand Infrastructure – trends & insights.

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A time for boardrooms to hold their nerve

The opportunity is out there – to ‘build back better’, but this is going to require effective governance and, in some of the more exposed sectors, a willingness to work through difficult conditions. This, and more themes are discussed in the firm's 2020 edition of Corporate Governance – trends and insights, published today.

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Climate change no longer just an environmental concern

Chapman Tripp experts have stated that management of climate risk is not about compliance and understanding climate risk is key to mid-long term strategy and resilience.

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Legal expert superstars promoted to partner

The partnership will be enhanced with the appointment of Nicola Swan, Luke Ford and Te Aopare Dewes to partner, effective 1 December 2020.

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Ross Pennington receives INFINZ Distinguished Fellowship appointment

Pennington shone under the spotlight at the annual INFINZ Awards, where he was recognised with a Distinguished Fellowship appointment for his significant and valuable contribution to New Zealand’s finance and capital markets industry.

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Pip England appointed Chief Executive Partner

Chapman Tripp has appointed Pip England as the firm’s new Chief Executive Partner, succeeding Nick Wells.

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Mercury's new green bond and green financing framework

Chapman Tripp and Mercury today jointly celebrate New Zealand’s first new retail green bond of 2020, totalling $200 million.

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Will COVID-19 and climate change make NZ more litigious?

Read our latest Trends & Insights publication including observations across class actions, litigation funding, climate change-related disputes and the changing environment for access to the courts.

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Certified commitment to environmental sustainability

We meet the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce® certification programme, having measured our GHG emissions. We are committed to managing and reducing our carbon footprint.

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A dynamic and fresh look for Chapman Tripp

Today is a significant milestone for Chapman Tripp as the firm unveils its dynamic and refreshed look – a modernised visual identity that better reflects the firm’s vision, strategy and people.

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Finance partner recognised as Market Person of the Year

Ross Pennington has been recognised by KangaNews for his contribution to the development of the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

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Over $2.35b capital raised with equity capital markets experts

Our equity capital markets team has advised clients on capital raisings totalling over $2.35b since NZX Regulation released its COVID-19 relief package.

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Generating social and environmental benefits alongside financial return

We are proud to have advised NZGIF on its investment to help Wellington’s port decarbonise – the first to benefit from NZGIF’s $100m in investment capital.

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Chapman Tripp promotes nine to Senior Associate

Nine Senior Solicitors from across six of our specialist practice areas, have been promoted to Senior Associate.

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Clients’ choice for capital raisings

Our equity capital markets team continues to be in hot demand, acting on more recent capital raisings than any other law firm in NZ..

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Six equity capital raisings in response to COVID‑19, to raise almost $2b

We have been trusted counsel on more capital raisings in response to COVID-19 than any other law firm in NZ.

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Recognised on Most Innovative Firms List

Our technology and innovation business, Zeren, has been recognised on NZ Lawyer’s Innovative Firms list for 2020.

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First 2020 NZX new equity listing

Me Today was the first NZX equity issuer listing under a ‘reverse listing transaction’, after raising $1.5m growth capital amongst the challenging backdrop of COVID-19 lockdown.

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Recovering from COVID‑19: the critical legal pathways

We have published a visual diagram to illustrate the legal pathways required for businesses and economies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zeren welcomes James Fuller as new CEO

Zeren, Chapman Tripp’s legal tech arm welcomes James Fuller as new CEO.

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Voted top graduate employer in NZ’s legal sector

Students have voted Chapman Tripp as the best law firm to work for in a recent survey conducted by GradNewZealand.

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Tikanga Māori increasingly prevalent in law

NZ is in a period of transformative recognition of tikanga Māori in the law, now more prevalent in legislation and increasingly being recognised as an integral part of decision-making.

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Advising Sky on Lightbox deal

We advised Sky on its purchase of Lightbox, Spark’s streaming TV service.

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Innovation and change abounds for equity capital markets

​New Zealand’s equity capital markets are showing signs of revival, read more in the firm's annual Trends and Insights publication.

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