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Wayne Hofer

Wayne Hofer


To make an appointment, please contact Rosie Adams-Horsley rosie.adams-horsley@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : LLB (Hons), University of Waikato.

Recommended Lawyer 2020 UK

Wayne joined Tompkins Wake in 2020 as a senior associate in our dispute resolution and litigation team. Wayne's experience prior to joining Tompkins Wake includes five years working internationally including at global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in London, United Kingdom.

Wayne has extensive insolvency experience having acted on many high-profile matters for the big four accounting firms and secured creditors. Wayne’s practice includes general commercial litigation and he has acted on very large litigation matters in New Zealand and abroad. Outside insolvency, Wayne’s particular areas of expertise include shareholder disputes, trust disputes, banking litigation, fund disputes, breach of contract, negligence, insurance and emergency relief.

A recommended lawyer for commercial litigation in The Legal 500 United Kingdom, Wayne is easy to deal with and has been recognised for his ability to distil complex problems and go after the best result for his clients.

Areas of expertise

  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Negligence
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Trust Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Professional history

  • Tompkins Wake, 2020 - present
  • Griffiths & Partners (Turks and Caicos Islands), 2019 - 2020
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London) LLP, 2015 - 2019
  • Bell Gully, 2011-2015
  • Simpson Grierson, 2009 - 2011


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