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
Financial misconduct and situations involving fraud or financial crime risk are amongst the most confronting that any business can face. Resolving cases successfully requires a blend of regulatory expertise, calm and thorough forensic strategy, plus industry knowledge. Gary’s expertise covers
Since the Canterbury earthquakes, insurance law and claims-handling principles have developed at an unprecedented pace. The volume of difficult claims, coverage, and recovery issues led to major court rulings with ramifications well beyond property or business interruption policies. Meanwhile, nimble
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 grow over privacy and data protection. How can the law keep pace with technology? A modern society has to reconcile 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
The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Australasian Chapter each year partners with the New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit to organise New Zealand's premier anti-financial crime conference. Held at Te Papa Tongarewa, National Museum of NZ, Wellington, Gary
CoFI rules (the new "Conduct of Financial Institutions" law and licensing regime) will affect over 100 registered banks, licensed insurers, and licensed non-bank deposit takers (e.g. credit unions and some finance company lenders) who operate in or through New Zealand.