Gary Hughes is a senior lawyer providing advocacy and strategic risk management advice, specialising in all types of regulatory investigations & cases. Deep expertise is available in Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, AML, data and insurance law. Based at Britomart Chambers, Gary also handles a range of commercial, contract, and public law disputes.

Competition & Consumer
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
AML, Fraud, Financial Conduct
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
Insurance Law
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
Commercial & Government Disputes
Collaboration by contract and use of corporate structures are great Western traditions underpinning economic development. And government agencies are a large player in commerce, sports, charities too. But when a contract is broken or terminated, a JV disintegrates, a company
Privacy, Media, Tech
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, Infrastructure, Trade
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