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Small-Medium Business (SME)

Small-medium enterprises (SME’s) of up to 20 employees are an important part of the New Zealand economy making up 97 percent of New Zealand’s registered businesses, employing 30 percent of the workforce and contribute some 28 percent to GDP output.

Tompkins Wake has developed Elevate as a bespoke service offering for SME’s with a tailored set of products and services to meet these needs. Elevate is Tompkins Wake’s enterprise solution for Small Medium business, designed to simplify and provide access to expert legal assistance across the broad range of legal services that every business needs.

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We help SME clients understand the law and how it applies to and affects their business, making it easier to operate and transact with customers and suppliers.

By working with our clients to understand their business, goals and objectives we tailor our advice and develop the solutions needed to operate efficiently and effectively.

Working with Elevate ensures our clients business not only comply with the law but can also navigate complexity, accelerate growth and elevate performance.

Our unique business health check process allows our SME clients to gain insights and guidance from our senior lawyers, identifying issues early, removing complexity and helping clear the runway to accelerate business growth and success. We do this by:

  • Using our automated Business Health Check to identify risks and areas in the business that need attention. Taking less than 10 minutes to complete, Business Health Check produces a written summary of the results and recommendations for the SME’s business.

  • We follow that up with a one-on-one discussion with a senior lawyer to explore the SME business and ascertain its legal strengths, potential weakness and discuss strategy;

  • We’ll identify and prioritise immediate legal needs and provide fully costed requirements, priorities and timeframes

When we work together, we develop better solutions faster. Collaboration across professional services enables our clients to solve their problems, navigate obstacles and accelerate their path to success.

We know that good ideas can come from collective thinking and our network includes banking and accounting to ensure we are getting the best for our clients.


Areas of expertise:

  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Disputes
  • Employment Relations
  • Health and Safety
  • Leasing
  • Residential Property Transactions
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Trade Mark and Brand Strategy
  • Trusts and Asset Protection
  • Acquisition and Sale
  • Intellectual Property protection and development
  • Terms of trade

Small-Medium Business (SME) team

Philip Monahan

Senior Associate

Morgan Morris

Senior Solicitor