Bernard Hotz

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Director

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8106

Fax: +27 11 535 8606

Email: bhotz@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Director Bernard Hotz is Head of the Business Crimes & Investigations practice area. A highly-experienced commercial litigator, he is also extremely versatile; being active in three other practice areas at the firm (Africa; Arbitration; and Dispute Resolution.) Bernard specialises in all aspects of general commercial litigation. This includes corporate fraud/business crimes; insurance and banking litigation; stock exchange-related litigation; and competition matters such as restraints of trade and Anton Piller orders. He also deals with all areas of intellectual property litigation; trademark and copyright enforcement; media law disputes; and administrative law. Bernard sits as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court.

  • Arbitration
  • Business Crimes & Investigations
  • Dispute Resolution
  • All areas of general commercial litigation, including:
    • Arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution
    • Corporate fraud/business crimes
    • Banking litigation
    • Stock exchange related litigation
    • Administrative law
    • Information technology law
    • Unlawful competition law (including restraints of trade and Anton Piller orders)
    • All areas of intellectual property litigation
    • Trademark and copyright enforcement
    • Media law disputes

 

  • BCom LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1995: Admitted as an Attorney
  • 1996: Entered on the roll of Attorneys who have the right of appearance in the High Court
  • 2000: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of Business Crimes & Investigations

 

  • Recognised as the leading Litigation specialist in South Africa by the International Law Office in their Client Choice Awards 2010 and 2011 (chosen from more than 2,000 individual assessments received from corporate counsel worldwide) 
  • Appointed a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court (June 2013)
  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Corporate Investigations by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016 and 2018)