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Thomas Refoy-Butler: Mackenzie Elvin Law

Partner, Mackenzie Elvin Law LLB/BA (Hons), University of Otago

Thomas started his legal career in Auckland in a specialist litigation practice and subsequently worked for two national law firms before relocating with his family to Tauranga at the beginning of 2019. Thomas became a Partner of Mackenzie Elvin Law in 2021.

Thomas is an experienced litigator providing strategic advice and representation to clients in relation to commercial disputes and regulatory litigation.

He has particular experience in contractual disputes, construction, employment, insolvency, insurance, professional disciplinary proceedings, interim relief (injunctions and freezing orders) and regulatory litigation and investigations.

He has experience as sole and junior counsel acting for private and corporate clients, including Crown entities in both civil and criminal proceedings in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has also appeared in the specialist jurisdictions of the Family Court and Employment Court.

Thomas regularly instructs barristers providing litigation support, management and appearing as counsel as required.

Thomas is passionate about finding pragmatic and constructive pathways through complex disputes.

While some disputes cannot be reached without the Court’s intervention, Thomas sees a huge benefit for his clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution platforms, such as mediation and arbitration.

Thomas is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and Board Member for Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty and the Omanu Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

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