Chapman Tripp was the only New Zealand law firm to have two of its lawyers ranked as "stars" by leading international legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific 2012, released last week.
Partners Jack Hodder SC and John Strowger were recognised for their dispute resolution and corporate practices respectively.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 ranked Chapman Tripp as Tier 1 in eight practice areas and Tier 2 in the remaining four.
The independent research also recognised nine new leading lawyers at Chapman Tripp, bringing the total number of lawyers ranked to 38. Newly ranked lawyers were: Roger Wallis, Nick Wells, Tim Williams (corporate), John McKay (dispute resolution), Geoff Bevan (employment), Ross Pennington (finance), John Knight (insurance), Bill Sandston (real estate) and David Patterson (tax).
The 2012 guide also introduced a new sub-practice area, "insurance: contentious". Two Chapman Tripp lawyers were noted as leading in this area: Adam Ross and John Knight.
Chambers international guides to the legal profession identify and rank the world's best lawyers. Lawyers are assessed against criteria valued by clients, including technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money.
Chapman Tripp Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 Rankings Summary
Practice area Leading lawyers Commentary Banking & Finance (Tier 1) Dermot Ross John Sproat Mark Reese Peter Bennett Ross Pennington Michael Anderson Cathryn Barber "A sound commercial approach and good to engage with." Competition/ Antitrust (Tier 1) Grant David Lindsey Jones Neil Anderson Jack Hodder "In terms of style, deliverance and client relationships, they are consistently top of the list of firms we use."
"They are very keen to assist in any way they can. Secondees are always fantastic."
Corporate/ Commercial (Tier 1) John Strowger (Star) Barry Brown Geof Shirtcliffe Roger Wallis Tim Williams Nick Wells Tim Tubman "A good role model internationally for client service. They go out of their way to make sure the client is happy."
"We find Chapman Tripp responsive, well managed and easy to deal with. The partners' technical knowledge is outstanding."
Dispute Resolution (Tier 1) Jack Hodder (Star) Adam Ross Doug Alderslade Pheroze Jagose Bruce Scott John McKay "They consistently provide us with first-class, commercially focused advice."
"The firm is very responsive and commercial, and takes the time to understand our business."
Dispute Resolution > Insurance...