Gary Hughes is a senior lawyer providing advocacy and strategic risk management advice, specialising in all types of regulatory investigations and cases. Deep expertise is available in Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, AML and Insurance issues. As a barrister Gary also handles and resolves a range of commercial, contract, and public law disputes.
Many New Zealand markets are highly concentrated. Entry can be challenging where there appears to be room for only 2 or 3 major players. Additionally, the Commerce Commission is a well-resourced and vigilant regulator aiming to protect the welfare of consumers.
Financial misconduct, and situations involving fraud or financial crime risk, are amongst the most confronting that any business can face. Resolving such cases successfully requires a blend of regulatory expertise, calm and thorough forensic strategy, and industry knowledge. Gary’s expertise
Since the Christchurch earthquakes, insurance law and claims handling principles have developed at an unprecedented pace. The volume of difficult claims, coverage, and recovery issues has led to major court rulings with ramifications well beyond property or business interruption policies.
Collaboration by contract and use of corporate structures are two great Western traditions underpinning commerce and development. But when a contract is broken or terminated, a JV disintegrates, or a company is misused, principle and perspective can be easily lost
With information as the lifeblood of the new economy, and digital disrupters transforming how we think and work, concerns are growing over privacy and data protection. How should the law keep pace with technology? How a modern society reconciles the
Transport, utilities and core infrastructure industries are undergoing intensive and rapid change. This is being led by forces of technological disruption, international trade (both physical and in ideas), population growth and government prioritising of investment. These sectors involve long-term contracts
Concerns around cyber-crime, privacy breach, and super-sized data collection have been growing steadily. August saw a real focus on this area in Gary's work and speaking engagements, in Sydney and Auckland. As well as advising new payment technology and cryptocurrency
Gary was interviewed by Radio NZ's Morning Report show on 30 May 2018, for his expert comments on claims by a political scientist that AML rules are ineffective. In summary form, Gary's views expressed to the business journalist Patrick O'Meara