Senior Associate

Glen Holm-Hansen

LLB (Hons), BA
Glen Holm-Hansen is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team. He has been a civil litigator for over 10 years.

Glen graduated with conjoint degrees in law (honours) and arts in 2007 from the University of Auckland.  He was admitted to the bar in September 2007.

Glen joined Hesketh Henry in January 2018 having previously worked in commercial litigation in other Auckland commercial law firms.  Glen regularly appears before the New Zealand courts at all levels, and represents clients in arbitration and mediation.

Glen advises on a wide range of commercial disputes for corporate clients and has specific expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters, and construction and insurance disputes.  Glen’s practice also includes acting on matters involving regulatory proceedings, contractual issues, professional liability, and negligence.  He has significant experience assisting clients with investigations by regulatory bodies including investigations by the Commerce Commission (under the Fair Trading Act 1986 and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003) and the Serious Fraud Office.

Glen is a member of the Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand (RITANZ) and the New Zealand Insurance Law Association (NZILA).

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Examples of work completed by Glen include:

  • Acting for a subcontractor in relation to multiple adjudication proceedings involving disputes with the Principal and Head Contractor.
  • Successful application to set aside statutory demand under the Construction Contracts Act.
  • Advising liquidators, creditors, and debtors, including acting on liquidation proceedings.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to claims arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes.
  • Assisting numerous companies in relation to disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of businesses.
  • Assisting with applications for urgent injunctive relief in relation to non-compete and confidentiality issues.
  • Advising leading banking and peer-to-peer lending institutions in relation to investigations and under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 and Fair Trading Act 1986.

Insights & Opinion / Glen Holm-Hansen

The Commerce Commission is set to undertake a market study into the Retail Grocery Sector
On 17 November 2020 the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced a market study into the retail grocery sector through the Commerce Commission under Part 3A of the Commerce Act 1986 (Act)....
Court of Appeal cuts fine for Steel & Tube’s breaches of the Fair Trading Act 
The Court of Appeal in Commerce Commission v Steel & Tube Holdings Limited [2020] NZCA 549 has set aside last year’s High Court decision under the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) where it imposed a ...
Making up the shortfall: Subcontractor awarded an interim injunction requiring head contractor to hold its retentions in a separate trust account
In a recent High Court decision,[1] Hanlon Plumbing Limited (Hanlon) successfully obtained an interim injunction on a without notice basis requiring Downey Construction Limited (Downey) to pay retenti...
16.11.2020 Posted in Construction Law
Supreme Court forecast – storms ahead for directors
On 24 September 2020, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in the case of Debut Homes Ltd (In Liquidation) v Cooper [2020] NZSC 100.
Fresh guidance on payment schedule requirements
Payment schedule in Commercial Bay project fails to comply
28.08.2020 Posted in Construction Law
A high bar to set aside statutory demands to enforce adjudication determinations under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
The “pay now argue later” principle underpins the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA).  The recent decision of C&R Property Development Ltd v MR Civil Ltd confirms the importance of this pr...
31.07.2020 Posted in Construction Law
Liquidated damages and penalty clauses: the last word on Honey Bees
The Supreme Court’s judgment in 127 Hobson Street Limited & Anor v Honey Bees Preschool Limited & Anor [2020] NZSC 53 confirms the test for determining when a clause in a contract designed t...
10.06.2020 Posted in Construction Law