Nick Wells Nick Wells

Nick Wells
Hoa Rangapū Whakarae (Chief Executive Partner)
Auckland

Senior Leadership Team

At the helm of Chapman Tripp, Nick is responsible for leading the firm and driving strategy.

Working across the firm, Nick is responsible for our business and professional responsibilities including client development, partner management and development, and leading the senior management team. He also sits on the Chapman Tripp board.

In addition to his role as Chief Executive Partner; Nick is a leading expert on corporate structuring for Māori, private equity, businesses and charities. Also kaihautū of Chapman Tripp’s Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture, specialising in commercial legal advice to iwi and Māori organisations. He provides guidance on post-Treaty settlement transactions, joint ventures and collective iwi arrangements.

An Adjunct Professor at The University of Auckland Law School, Nick is responsible for the iwi governance courses at undergraduate and masters levels. He is also a contributing author to the Laws of New Zealand and co-author of Wells’ Limited Partnership Handbook, both published by LexisNexis.

Nick was the independent expert to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Limited Partnership legislation, one of the most significant structuring initiatives for Māori, charities and corporate activity in recent times.

Affiliations

  • Trustee of KiwiAde (a New Zealand charity helping Namibian children in need).
  • Involved in a number of community organisations including the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation and Te Potiki National Trust.
  • Member of the Nomination Committee for the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation.

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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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Zeren welcomes James Fuller as new CEO

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

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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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High rankings in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

Chapman Tripp recognised with the highest number of ranked practice areas and individuals in NZ.

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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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Our three new partners are ground breakers

​In a busy and more demanding environment, we are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners.

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Another big year at the NZ Law Awards

Chapman Tripp is thrilled to have won again at last night’s 2019 awards ceremony.

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Chapman Tripp promotes two special counsel

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two special counsel in our Wellington office.

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Celebrating the promotion of three senior solicitors

Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of three senior solicitors in its Wellington office.

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Nine new June appointments at Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of seven new senior associates, and the recognition of two senior legal advisors.

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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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Ten new promotions at Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of 10 new senior solicitors across its three offices.

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Chapman Tripp proud to adopt formal te reo Māori policy

Chapman Tripp is proud to announce it has adopted a formal te reo Māori policy.

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Iwi business flourishing – more benefits for members

The Māori economy has powered beyond $50b and business-savvy iwi are now extending their investment into more social initiatives that directly benefit iwi members.

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