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Tompkins Wake has extensive experience working with education providers (schools, universities and other tertiary institutions) across New Zealand's education sector, to provide advice and support from both a strategic and operational perspective.

Assisting organisations to meet and comply with their responsibilities and duties under legislation such as the Education Act, our lawyers regularly provide strategic advice to Boards of Trustee's and Councils of tertiary organisations. We are also experienced in advising our clients on complaint investigations, including with the Office of the Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner.

Our multi-disciplinary approach provides access to specialists from across the firm, providing clients with expert advice.

Tompkins Wake's employment lawyers are skilled in drafting and reviewing employment agreements and all routine employment related processes. When required, we can provide advice and support in disciplinary procedures and investigations in large public sector organisations.

Our litigators are highly skilled at resolving disputes and using alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and adjudication. We work to resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively.

Our property experts regularly assist educational institutions with development plans, construction agreements, sale and purchase agreements, building and resource consents, and leases.


Areas of expertise:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Disputes
  • Health and Safety
  • Investigations - Health and Safety
  • Statutory Compliance
  • Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Education Law
  • Official Information Act

Education team

Gina Woodfield

Senior Associate

Megan Crocket

Senior Associate

Shelley Slade-Gully

Senior Associate