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We value
all people and
their experiences

Our people are our greatest asset and we actively promote fairness and equality of opportunity from career development, flexible working and investing in learning and development. Supporting our people to be the best they can be is one of our core values. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive, safe and healthy workplace and fostering a culture of wellbeing.

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Diversity and belonging

Our people’s unique experiences, different perspectives and the paths they have taken, make us the firm we are today. It is important to us that our people can be their authentic selves and thrive, both inside and outside of work. The diversity and individualism of our people go a long way to creating our culture. We are always keen to support our people through their own personal development and support the various initiatives that mean so much to them.

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Te reo

We adopted a formal Te Reo Māori Policy to encourage, support and facilitate the use of te reo Māori through language classes available for all staff.

Adopting our formal Te Reo Māori Policy


We embrace the diversity of identities through the support and initiatives of our Rainbow group. A mix of both lawyers and team members from business services, our Rainbow group hosts informal events, speaker series, and advocates for LGBTQIA+ friendly policies in the workplace, to promote the wellbeing of the rainbow community at Chapman Tripp and the wider legal profession.

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Learning and development

We are serious about creating an environment where our people have the opportunity to learn and grow. In addition to our formal policies and structured training programmes, we recognise the valuable learning gained ‘on the job’ and we place an importance on ensuring our people get the opportunity to work on high profile transactions and internal strategic projects.

Our Study Support Policy supports employees to obtain relevant tertiary qualifications and paid time off for study and to attend exams.

We are committed to employing and fostering the best leaders. Embedding a set of leadership behaviours and leadership development is a strategic priority for us. Proof that we foster leaders is that 26% of our current partners started their law careers with us as summer clerks and our longest serving partner has celebrated 60 years of service to the firm.

For us leadership is not just about having years and years of legal expertise under your belt. We deliberately focus on empowering our people to lead in all aspects of their lives.
Tania Restall, People & Culture Director


We are committed to providing a workplace environment where all our people can thrive and are fairly rewarded for their contributions. In addition to the financial rewards you would expect from a leading law firm, we offer a number of great benefits: 

  • a comprehensive health and wellbeing programme which includes access to fully funded health insurance, an annual financial contribution to wellbeing-related purchases, and access to specially trained support people and EAP services.
  • a Remote Working Policy – to reflect the fact that our technology allows us to work from anywhere
  • a generous parental leave policy and entitlements
  • parent days – two days leave per year to support your child’s development
  • paid volunteer leave
  • long service leave
  • support for our firm sports teams
  • social events throughout the year
  • discounted banking packages, discounted corporate gym membership and access to other discounts for various health and wellbeing-themed goods and services

Volunteering and pro bono

Our Volunteer Days enable our people to give their time to support community causes that they are passionate about or provide pro bono legal services.

Our contribution to our community

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Recent recognition

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Phillip Ascroft

Philip Ascroft recognised for exceptional young talent

Philip Ascroft, a highly respected senior lawyer within our market-leading equity capital markets (ECM) practice, has been recognised by NZ Lawyer as a Rising Star.

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Elite Women recognition for Chapman Tripp partner Te Aopare Dewes

Our Māori Legal Group head and corporate partner Te Aopare Dewes has been recognised on NZ Lawyer’s 2021 Elite Women list.

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6th consecutive win for NZ Law Firm of the Year

We are stoked and stunned to have won New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the sixth consecutive year in the KangaNews Awards for the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

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The standout winner amongst competition at legal awards

Chapman Tripp scooped up the most coveted award at the annual New Zealand Law Awards, winning Large Law Firm of the Year, as well as recognition across four deal category awards.

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Chapman Tripp graduate recruitment campaign rated as one of the best

Chapman Tripp is the only law firm recognised by students across New Zealand in the Top 10 Best Graduate Campaigns for 2021 in a recent Student Pulse Report survey produced by Talent Solutions.

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Two eminent leaders named Influential Lawyers for 2021

Rachel Dunne and Nicola Swan have been named Young Influencers on the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2021 list, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession. Dunne is also one of two exclusively recognised Lawyers for ‘Capital Markets: Equity in New Zealand’ in IFLR’s Asia Future Leaders 2021.

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Chapman Tripp named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year

Our corporate and commercial team were named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year at this year’s Australasian Law Awards.

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Chapman Tripp named Chambers NZ Law Firm of the Year

We have been recognised at the 2021 Chambers Asia Pacific Awards as New Zealand Law Firm of the Year.

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Hundreds vote outstanding debt market performers

KangaNews received votes from hundreds of those involved in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets keen to recognise the achievements of 2020's most outstanding performers. Chapman Tripp has been named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.

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Best visual identity in the professional services sector

With the help of creative agency Iceberg, we are pleased to have won the Transform Magazine Gold Award for ‘Best visual identity from the professional services sector’.

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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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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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KangaNews Law Firm of the Year

We have been named NZ Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 KangaNews Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

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Winner at the 2019 Australasian Law Awards

​Chapman Tripp’s corporate and commercial team scooped up New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year and Partner John Strowger won New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year at last night’s Awards.

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IFLR Asia-Pacific's most innovative New Zealand law firm

​Chapman Tripp has won the Most Innovative National Law Firm (New Zealand) Award in the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards for the third consecutive year.

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