Chapman Tripp names new senior associates

The firm promotes eight of its legal experts

Chapman Tripp names new senior associates
Chapman Tripp’s new senior associates (from left to right): Julia Adams, William Cheyne, Liora Bercovitch, Richard Hutchison, Rachael Jones, Tom Jemson, Rosa McPhee, Guy Jones

Chapman Tripp has announced the promotion of eight senior solicitors to senior associate, effective 1 June 2022.  The firm’s new senior associates are Julia Adams, Liora Bercovitch, William Cheyne, Richard Hutchison, Tom Jemson, Rachael Jones, Guy Jones, and Rosa McPhee.

“All of our new senior associates have proven themselves as rising stars and I congratulate every one of them on their promotion,” said Pip England, chief executive partner of Chapman Tripp. “They all demonstrate such focus and passion for their work, as well as being highly-regarded mentors within their team and the wider firm.”

Adams, Bercovitch, Cheyne, and Hutchison are specialists in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Adams advises clients on finance, insolvency, contract, and property law issues and has has appeared as counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court, as well as alternative dispute forums.

Bercovitch’s Master of Laws focusing on civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution allows her to help clients navigate through arbitration and mediation.  She also advises clients on contractual and tort claims, defamation, privacy issues, and regulatory matters.

Cheyne focuses on contentious property matters such as lease, acquisition, and development agreement disputes; trespass, nuisance, and negligence claims; and matters related to the Public Works Act and Unit Titles Act.

Hutchison’s work is focused on building and construction disputes, having recently appeared as co-counsel in the Auckland-based group action against James Hardie that was settled mid-trial. He has also acted on numerous litigation claims related to the Canterbury Earthquakes.

Jemson and Guy Jones, meanwhile, provide services for corporate and commercial clients. 

Jemson specialises in corporate and securities law, advising clients on different corporate transactions such as private M&A, takeovers, and capital raisings. He re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2021 after a period working in London for the firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Guy Jones is a transactional lawyer who specialises in commercial arrangements with an emphasis on technology and telecommunications projects, intellectual property, procurement, outsourcing, and privacy and data protection. He returned to Chapman Tripp in 2022 after several years with Allen & Overy LLP in London.

Additionally, Rachael Jones specialises in public and administrative law litigation, with particular expertise in tikanga Māori and constitutional issues. Her experience includes having appeared as counsel for the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust in its historic win in the Supreme Court, and the recent related High Court trial. She also has experience in general litigation, commercial and intellectual property disputes. She re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2019 after earning a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York City, which she attended as a Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga scholar.

Finally, McPhee practices in a broad range of commercial contracting, construction, and property issues, with particular focus on infrastructure and energy sector clients. Her recent career highlights include advising Mercury with its various geothermal and hydroelectricity sites, including the development of further wind generation capacity.

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