Senior lawyers ascend to Tompkins Wake partnership

by Sol Dolor04 Jul 2018

Tompkins Wake now has 20 partners.

Marianne Mackintosh and Kate Searancke have been appointed as partners, taking the number of women on the firm’s partnership up to seven.

“We’re delighted to have two genuine specialists with strong reputations and demonstrated expertise in their respective fields joining the Tompkins Wake partnership,” said chief executive Jon Calder.

Mackintosh, who is promoted from special counsel, specialises in environmental and resource management law. She has a particular focus on freshwater management, as well as coastal and oceans policy and law.

She has been practicing for more than a decade in environmental and resource management law. She was also a lecturer in environmental law and policy at the University of Wales in the UK for more than four years. She was also previously an associate at Chen Palmer.

Marianne Mackintosh

Searancke, who is elevated from senior associate, is an expert in commercial property transactions, working with developers and investors on their commercial property portfolios. The senior lawyer, who is of Ngati Maniapoto descent, is also focused on the Māori community.

She represents her hapu Ngawaero on Waipa District Council’s consultative committee Ngai Iwi o Topu Waipa, Tompkins Wake said. Before joining the firm in 2014, she worked at Buddle Findlay, legacy Blake Dawson in Sydney, and Bell Gully.

Kate Searancke

“The appointment of Marianne and Kate as partners reinforces Tompkins Wake’s commitment to excellence and both bring the skill, experience and attitude that makes both the partnership and our firm highly successful,” said Phil Taylor, Tompkins Wake chairman of partners.


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