Bernard Hotz

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Director, Head of Business Crimes & Investigations Practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8106

Fax: +27 11 535 8606



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 two other practice areas at the firm (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.

  • 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)
  • Ranked as a recommended lawyer by The Legal500 (2020- 2021)
  • Ranked lawyer (Band 2) by Chambers Global | 2016 – 2022 | Corporate Investigations