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Ben Palmer

Ben Palmer

Special Counsel

To make an appointment, please contact Melinda Dowling-Mitchell melinda.dowling-mitchell@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : BA, LLB, University of Otago.

Ben has been practicing law since 2004, and joined Tompkins Wake in 2011. Ben advises on all aspects of commercial and corporate law with a specialist focus on the construction and manufacturing industries. Ben has extensive experience advising clients on complex and large scale construction and engineering projects. Ben also has a particular interest in events and venue related law, and has advised venue owners, professional sports organisations and music festivals on a wide range of sponsorship, commercial and contractual matters.

Areas of expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Construction Contracts
  • Corporate Structuring/Restructuring
  • Event and Venue Hire Agreements
  • Franchising
  • Joint Ventures
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Property and Construction Finance
  • Sponsorship Agreements


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