Thomas Refoy-Butler


  • LLB / B.A (Hons) 2010
  • Admitted to the Bar of New Zealand 2010

Thomas is an experienced litigator who provides strategic advice and representation to clients in commercial and regulatory disputes.

He has particular experience in commercial disputes, including interim relief (injunctions and freezing orders), corporate insolvency and debt recovery, trust disputes, employment, professional disciplinary proceedings, and regulatory prosecution/defence 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 as counsel in the specialist jurisdictions of the Family Court and Employment Court.

Thomas regularly works with the Independent Bar providing litigation support, management and appearing as counsel as required.

Thomas is passionate about finding pragmatic and constructive pathways through complex disputes. He frequently sees significant benefit for his clients in alternative dispute resolution mediums, such as mediation and arbitration. He has also trained as a mediator through the Arbitrators’ and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).

Community Activity

  • Board Member - Athletics Waikato/Bay of Plenty
  • Board Member - Omanu Beach Surf Lifesaving Club