Glen Holm-Hansen

LLB (Hons), BA
Glen Holm-Hansen is a Partner in the Disputes Team. He specialises in construction disputes and regulatory investigations, as well as co-leading our insolvency and restructuring practice.

Glen joined Hesketh Henry in January 2018 having previously worked in a leading national law firm for nearly 10 years.  Glen advises on a wide range of commercial disputes for corporate clients and has specific expertise in regulatory investigations, insolvency and restructuring matters, construction disputes, and large scale complex litigation. 

Glen co-leads our insolvency and restructuring practice.  His insolvency and restructuring experience includes advising insolvency practitioners, creditors, and debtors, on all aspects of insolvency law including liquidations, receiverships, administrations, director duties, lending and security arrangements, and security enforcement. 

Glen regularly assists corporate entities with investigations commenced by regulatory bodies including the Commerce Commission and advises on compliance matters in relation to the Commerce Act 1986, the Fair Trading Act 1986, and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003).

Glen also has particular expertise in the construction sector, acting for contractors and consultants in mediations, arbitrations, and Construction Contract Act adjudications.   

Glen is a skilled courtroom advocate with extensive experience before the New Zealand courts at all levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation.  Clients recommend Glen in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 directory as a “stand out” in construction matters and “very hard working and knowledgeable” for dispute resolution.

Glen is a member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) as well as the Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand (RITANZ).  He graduated with conjoint degrees in law (honours) and arts from the University of Auckland in 2007 and was admitted to the bar in September 2007. 

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Examples of work completed by Glen include:

  • Advising insolvency practitioners, creditors, and debtors, acting on a range of matters associated with distressed or failing entities, including representing clients in Court.
  • Advising contractors and specialist subcontractors on claims involving variations, prolongation, thickening, measured works, and extensions of time under commercial and civil contracts.
  • Handling significant adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 for commercial projects.
  • Advising both national and global corporations in relation to regulatory investigations undertaken by the Commerce Commission in a range of sectors.
  • 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.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to claims arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Senior Associate, Glen Holm-Hansen as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Construction practice area.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Senior Associate, Glen Holm-Hansen as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Dispute Resolution practice area..

Insights & Opinion / Glen Holm-Hansen

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The retail grocery sector has garnered considerable publicity in recent times. Lockdown has intensified scrutiny on the pricing strategies and structures adopted by retailers in this sector. This follows on the back of the Commerce Commissions broader investigation of competition issues within the sector.
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Injunctions & Receiverships:  A high hurdle for directors to prevent the sale of a business in receivership
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High Court emphasises the extent of duties that banks owe to guarantors
A recent High Court case, ASB Bank Ltd v Davis [2021] NZHC 1812, clearly illustrates where the line is drawn in relation to duties banks owe to guarantors.
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Subcontractor entitled to raise set-off claim against principal’s warranty claim
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Liquidators’ Powers: Successful application under section 266 of the Companies Act to examine former director
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19.07.2021 Posted in Company & Insolvency and Restructuring
Enforceability of limitation clauses
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