We are pleased to advise you that Mark Lowndes, Kerri Dewe and Reuben Payne will be merging our practice with Tompkins Wake, a leading New Zealand full service commercial law firm, on 1 September. 

Tompkins Wake has offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua. Founded in 1922, it is ranked as a leading New Zealand firm in six practice areas in the Legal 500 international law firm directory. The firm was also recognised as New Zealand Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 NZ Law Awards, with Chief Executive Jon Calder named Managing Partner of the Year. NZ Lawyer recognised Tompkins Wake as one of New Zealand’s most innovative law firms in 2019 and 2020, and as an Employer of Choice in July 2020.

Lowndes is a specialist corporate and commercial firm formed in 1997, bringing together senior lawyers with backgrounds from the very large firms in New Zealand and overseas. Our firm has been widely recognised over the years in legal industry awards, and is ranked as a leading New Zealand law firm in seven practice areas across the principal  international directories of law firms: Chambers, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles, and IRFL1000. We are fortunate to have an excellent client following, including an extensive international practice.

The three of us are excited by this opportunity. We have been impressed by our dealings with Tompkins Wake. We have found them to be nimble and commercially minded, and we were quickly attracted by their energy and enthusiasm, their clear business strategy, and the depth of the firm’s talent across its offices.  

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved at Lowndes. We look forward to bringing our specialist skills to Tompkins Wake, and to continuing to serve our clients from a larger firm with a strong New Zealand brand. We know that both the service culture and size of Tompkins Wake will work extremely well for our clients, also providing access to some additional practice areas.