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Kate Hatwell (Searancke)

Kate Hatwell (Searancke)


To make an appointment, please contact Samantha Torok samantha.torok@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : BA, LLB, University of Waikato.


Recommended Lawyer for Bios 2034    The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2038 Recommended Lawyer 2022 Legal 504


Kate is a Partner in our property team specialising in property and local government law with extensive experience in leasing (all aspects including retail, commercial and industrial), commercial property transactions (sales and acquisitions), development (development agreements, mixed use and large-scale developments). Kate acts for a number of private and public sector clients on property related matters and has a breadth of experience working with the retail, commercial, office, industrial and residential property sectors.

Of Ngāti Maniapoto descent, Kate has a strong focus on her own iwi interests and the wider Maori community and is a representative for her hapu Ngāwaero on Waipa District Council's consultative committee Ngā Iwi o Toopu o Waipā. Kate is also deputy chair and trustee of the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT), a community-owned economic development fund dedicated to growth and development of business in the South Waikato, and a director of the Kaha Ake Partnership, a land development company established by Tauranga-based developer Classic Group and the NZ Super Fund which aims to use its scale and capital to increase housing supply in New Zealand.

Kate has been practicing law since 2004, joining Tompkins Wake in 2013 and was promoted to Partner in 2018.  She has been named a Recommended Lawyer, Real Estate and Construction, in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Areas of expertise

  • Acquisition finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Property Transactions
  • Subdivisions and Property Development
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Mortgagee Sales

 Other Credentials

  • Recommended Lawyer, Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Trustee, Tamahere Model Country School

Professional History

  • Tompkins Wake, 2013 - present
  • Bell Gully, 2011 - 2012
  • Blake Dawson, 2009 - 2011
  • Buddle Findlay, 2004 - 2009

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