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.

Insights & Opinion / Glen Holm-Hansen

Retaining the Harvest: the right of receivers to withhold surplus funds to defend litigation
The recent decision of the High Court in Fistonich & Anor v Gibson & Ors [2022] NZHC 1422 considered whether receivers have a right to retain surplus funds to meet the cost of defending actual...
16.08.2022 Posted in Disputes & Insolvency and Restructuring
Commerce Commission releases draft report for residential building supplies market study
On 4 August 2022 the Commerce Commission (Commission) released its draft report setting out preliminary findings from its market study into the residential building supplies industry.
08.08.2022 Posted in Business Advice & Construction
Colluding to stop collusion: competition agencies are working together to detect competition issues in global supply chains
Covid-19 has caused significant issues for supply chains and in some instances, business have cooperated responsibly to ensure New Zealand continues to be supplied with essential goods and services.
28.03.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport
Commerce Commission study announced for building supplies market
The Commerce Commission is set to undertake a market study into residential building supplies for major components of residential buildings 
24.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Construction & Regulatory
‘Tis the season … to comply with the Fair Trading Act
Retailers will be seeking to make the most of in-store trading reopening, particularly in Auckland.
23.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Regulatory
Retention funds:  where is the trust?
The importance of subcontractors scrutinising how retention funds are held, and how they are dealt with by insolvency practitioners, was highlighted in the recent High Court decision in McVeigh v Decm...
Health check on solvency position:  time to conduct an annual review and plan for the future
As 2021 draws to a conclusion and businesses begin to consider what operations will look like in the new year, it will be necessary to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 and prepare for life under the ...