Tauranga’s oldest firm celebrates 125 years

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In 1896 Henry Sharp opened his law practice. 15 years later he invited fellow lawyer, Archie Tudhope, to join him and 125 years later one of Tauranga’s most respected business and our oldest celebrates a milestone in the region as Sharp Tudhope celebrate 125 years in business this year.

Partner John Gordon says the 125 year celebration is as much about Sharp Tudhope as it is about our region.

John Gordon – Sharp Tudhope Partner

“We have always been a firm that is deeply invested in this community, our city and region. We have deep connections with our community and have played a very active role in the economic development of our city.

“As we celebrate this year, we are acknowledging this place we passionately call home and our enduring commitment to our region’s future.”

Sharp Tudhope has always played an active role in the region, both in the business sector and also, importantly, across the community and social sectors.

They actively support a number of community organisations including Waipuna Hospice, Tauranga Arts Festival, Tauranga Art Gallery, the Graeme Dingle Foundation, Rescue, Revive, Rehome and Riding for the Disabled to name but a few.

“As we celebrate this year, we are acknowledging this place we passionately call home and our enduring commitment to our region’s future.”

“It’s about giving back and nurturing vital organisations in our community that provide pivotal and often life changing services and support. We take great pride in the role we play in supporting this,” says John.

Sharp Tudhope’s focus on leading the way in their legal profession and their approach to doing business is particularly evidenced in their landmark offices on Devonport Road. When it was completed and opened in 2012 it was Tauranga’s first green star-rated building.

“When our founder Henry Sharp went into partnership with Archie Tudhope, they took an extremely practical and innovative approach and used bullocks to literally pull their two offices together on Spring Street!

“Our approach was just as innovative with our building that we now enjoy. Its environmentally sustainable design helps us look after the health and wellbeing of our staff, our clients and the environment. Now we look across each day from our office windows at the $200M Farmers Development. It feels good to be part of a growing city and to see investment of this nature in our city centre.”

With a history spanning 125 years and generations of clients and families on their books, Sharp Tudhope has a strong commitment to the region and Tauranga’s future.

Left: Henry Sharp | Right: Archie Tudhope

“We don’t compromise on quality, we genuinely care about the outcomes we can achieve for our clients and we are very passionate about this region. It’s home. It’s where we are connected. After 125 years nothing has changed.

“We remain steadfastly and passionately committed to Tauranga and to contributing to our growth and development as a region.”

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