From the start of May 2022, Gary has been based in the bright new surroundings of Britomart Chambers.
Located at 152 Quay St, level 15, in the heart of Auckland’s fast-developing Commercial Bay CBD district, Britomart Chambers was founded by former Solicitor-General of New Zealand, Michael Heron KC.
It is a collaborative, hybrid-working and digital-first set of barristers chambers, with a fantastic balcony outlook above Auckland Harbour. High-end public and regulatory law specialisms, at the intersection of commercial law and business crime law, along with some of the leading tech-savvy practitioners in the country, are what attracted Gary to join this group.
The move was reported in the NZ Lawyer magazine issue of 11 May 2022:
“Britomart Chambers has welcomed competition and consumer law expert Gary Hughes as its newest barrister, reported the New Zealand Law Society.
Hughes is widely regarded as New Zealand’s leading anti-money laundering lawyer. For over two decades, he has helped reporting entities deal with investigations and complex issues with business crime regulators, such as Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, Serious Fraud Office, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand Police – Financial Intelligence Unit, and other government agencies.
Hughes has been recognised by independent leading lawyer guides, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 Asia, AsiaLaw Profiles, Benchmark Litigation, Global Investigations Review, and Who’s Who Legal.
Previously, he was a partner at Wilson Harle for seven years. He also served as principal at Chapman Tripp, and recorded a stint in Clyde & Co London office as an associate.
Hughes joined the independent bar in 2016. He specialises in regulatory investigations and government agency enforcement matters involving anti-money laundering, fraud and financial crime, corruption, and competition and consumer law. In addition, he provides advocacy and dispute resolution services and strategic risk advice, and handles all types of insurance, commercial, and public law related issues.
He is associated with several legal professional organisations – currently, he is the chair of the anti-money laundering and sanctions experts sub-committee of the International Bar Association. He is also the advisory director to the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Australasia, and an NZ law partner for TRACE International, a non-profit organization that offers anti-bribery compliance program and risk management and provides due diligence services.”