Sharp Tudhope is Downtown Tauranga's longest standing business - and proud of it!

29 May 2023

Sharp Tudhope is Downtown Tauranga's longest standing business - and proud of it!

Sharp Tudhope is Tauranga’s oldest business, celebrating over 125 years in the city centre. It all started in 1896, when Henry Sharp opened his law practice on The Strand. He then invited fellow lawyer, Archie Tudhope to join him, 15 years later. They literally ‘joined up’ by using bullocks to pull their two offices on Spring Street together!

Despite their vast history, they are a progressive and future focused business in everything they do. Today, their offices are located at the top of Devonport Road and it was Tauranga’s first ever green-star rated building when it was completed and opened in 2012.

Sharp Tudhope has a highly experienced team of corporate and commercial lawyers in the Bay, helping businesses develop and grow, providing innovative, strategic and commercial legal advice to local and international clients across a wide range of sectors. Ultimately, it is their people that sets them apart. And one of those people is Senior Associate Tracy Tomsett, a corporate and commercial lawyer, who we sat down with.

Tracy has been part of the Sharp Tudhope team for a couple of years now. Originally from Hong Kong, Tracy completed her education in the UK and gained international legal experience working in Shanghai, Hong Kong and the UK before meeting her Kiwi Husband and making Wellington home, where she worked at leading top tier firms. Fast forward a few years and with a couple of kids, a horse, a pony and a dog in tow they decided it was time for a lifestyle change, and Tauranga was the answer.

Tracy is relishing the smaller city life with a touch of seaside town vibes. Tauranga has surprised her with how it’s developing and transforming very quickly. Tracy loves the energy of the locals here who strongly believe in their slice of paradise and is quickly finding her new home to be the best of both worlds, in terms of home and career.

As part of the Sharp Tudhope team, Tracy enjoys honing her international skill set alongside her likeminded colleagues and working with the best of our Bay of Plenty businesses and going on the journey with them.

Community is deep in their DNA at Sharp Tudhope too. From STEM Wana Trust to Riding for the Disabled, from Tauranga Arts Festival to Rescue, Revive & Rehome, from the Graeme Dingle Foundation to Waipuna Hospice , they work to actively support and nurture a thriving community. They’re strongly committed to Tauranga and our region. As Tauranga continues to flourish, the team at Sharp Tudhope believe they have a fundamental part to play in that.

So, what’s in store for Tracy and Sharp Tudhope for the next 125 years? More of the same!