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Anthony Harper

Work +64 9 920 6400
Fax +64 9 920 9599
Auckland, Christchurch

Dan Hughes

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Anthony Harper

Work Department

Litigation and Insolvency


Partner Litigation and Insolvency and Corporate Recovery


Dan is head of our litigation practice and is an experienced commercial litigator.

His experience in insolvency has led to achievements in unchartered areas for New Zealand law, including being the first to apply and successfully obtain recognition of a U.S. bankruptcy in New Zealand and to also have New Zealand liquidators recognised and appointed in Australia.

Dan also has numerous reported decisions in leading construction cases and succeeded in the highly publicised decision of Fences v Kerbs in which the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal in favour of subcontractors against voidable transactions brought by liquidators.

He frequently appears in the High Court, and has appeared in the Maori Land Court, Maori Appellate Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has also assisted clients in the Sydney Federal Court and the Circuit Courts in the U.S.A.

He is ranked as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.




Inter-Pacific Bar Association, RITANZ, ARITA and NZCFI


Victoria University LLB/BA (1997 - 2001) Auckland university LLM (2006)

New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Anthony Harper provides 'a good level of service with lots of industry knowledge and good value for money'. One client remarks upon the 'excellent level of knowledge and experience' in the practice, which is led from Auckland by Dan Hughes, who focuses mainly on construction and insolvency litigation. The 'very responsive and helpful' firm has particular expertise in commercial, insurance, IP, insolvency, public law and construction litigation. Hughes recently acted for Meltzer Mason in a case involving large anomalies in the trust accounts of franchisee companies. Key partner Katherine Anderson advised Auckland Council on a Judicial review of its decision to change the use of Chamberlain Park Golf Course. Karen Kemp, who counts Home Owners and Buyers Association New Zealand among her clients, is 'a strong lawyer with a commercial focus'. In Christchurch, the 'prompt, confident and capable' Peter Woods, the 'thoughtful and strategic' Richard Smedley and star senior associate Lisa Taylor are recommended.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Anthony Harper is 'excellent - timely and efficient, with a high level of industry knowledge and a practical and common-sense approach'. Those qualities are embodied by Tim Barclay in Christchurch who leads the property practice. The firm has one of the country's largest property and construction groups with eight partners handling high-value transactions for corporate clients. Barclay recently advised Maat Group on the NZ$103m acquisition of two commercial properties in Takapuna and Tauranga. In Auckland, Edward Dunphy (who 'provides superb, practical and technical advice, and is very client-focused') and Karen Kemp lead the construction team, which benefits from the litigation expertise of Richard Smedley, Dan Hughes and newly promoted senior associate Jessica Hanning. Dunphy assisted Karaka & Drury Development with the construction of a 9,000-unit development in Auckland, which included an infrastructure funding agreement with local utility Watercare. Alistair Law and senior associate Tim Bunker are also recommended for commercial property matters. Daniel French in Christchurch also garners praise.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Dan Hughes - Anthony Harper

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Anthony Harper 'rates very highly', according to one client, who praises the firm's 'overall knowledge of case law and statute'. The dedicated restructuring and insolvency team works closely with the banking and finance practice to handle refinancing, restructuring, administration, liquidation, litigation and recovery. Among its key clients are ASB Bank, Ashton Wheelans, BDO, Deloitte, KPMG, Kiwibank, Westpac and McGrathNicol. Leading light Crispin Vinnell leads the practice from Christchurch and his recent highlights include acting for EY in the receivership of a large dairy farm in Rural Southland, which included advice on an existing contract for the sale of the property and the relationship with dairy giant Fonterra. Senior associate Chloe Jolliffe is a rising star and played a key role in that matter. One client notes that she is 'quick and prepared to give the client options'. In Auckland, litigation partner Dan Hughes and rising star senior associate Lynne Van are recommended. For PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, they handled the  liquidation of Northern Crest Investments.

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