About AdviSME

AdviSME is a legal solution designed for SMEs powered by Tompkins Wake. Named in the 2019 Innovative Law Firms List and recognised as a leading law firm in Asia Pacific, Tompkins Wake has more than 70 legal specialists and over 100 staff. Our expertise and specialisation coupled with our innovative Business healthcheck and smart legal documents, give SMEs access to the right support to strengthen and grow their business.



SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) comprise over 97% of businesses in New Zealand.


New Zealand SMEs employ over 584,000 people
(30% of the workforce).


Contributing 28% of New Zealand’s gross profit dollars (GPD).


How it works.

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The legal needs of SMEs are diverse and ever changing. SMEs require their legal work to be performed efficiently and with cost certainty. AdviSME is designed to simplify access to expert legal services across the broad range of SME business needs.

We’ve designed the AdviSME business healthcheck to quickly identify legal risks allowing our team to work with you to develop solutions and strategies to strengthen and grow your business.

Our business healthcheck allows you to quickly gauge the legal health of your business, with clear recommendations on the next steps. It’s quick, simple to complete and it’s free.

The results of the healthcheck give us a snapshot of your business and indentifies exactly where you need us to be focused.

We’ll then arrange a free 30 minute no obligation discussion with a senior lawyer to review your healthcheck, explore your business further and discuss your strategy.

We know that good ideas can come from collective thinking, so we are also happy to involve your other trusted advisors in these discussions. If needed, our AdviSME network also includes like-minded professionals in areas such as banking, tax and accounting to ensure you are always getting the best advice.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Creating a business, structuring, trusts and asset protection;

  • Banking and other funding arrangements;

  • Shareholders’ agreements, shareholder loans and subscriptions;

  • Governance and strategy;

  • Terms of trade, service, supply, procurement, manufacturing and distribution agreements and other usual business contracts;

  • Website terms, privacy policies and disclaimers;

  • Employment contracts, incentives, policies, procedures and disputes;

  • Independent contractor arrangements;

  • Health and safety;

  • Leasing;

  • Residential property transactions, developments and subdivisions;

  • Trademarks, licencing, branding and brand strategy;

  • Sale and purchase of businesses and shares;

  • Succession and exit;

  • Dealing with businesses in distress; and

  • Disputes.

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