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Anthony Harper

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Auckland, Christchurch

Dan Hughes

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Anthony Harper

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Litigation and Insolvency


Partner Litigation and Insolvency and Corporate Recovery


He has extensive experience in insolvency and restructuring. As such, he has been named in all the directories and he is often praised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and the Asia Pacific Legal 500. Most recently he was 'highly recommended' by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Dan was recognised in the NZ Lawyer magazine's 2016 hot list as one of the country's top thirty lawyers. The list showcases those lawyers who have stood out from their peers and made a significant contribution to the country's legal landscape. He was also recognised as a "Leading Lawyer" in the 2017 Asialaw Directory.

Dan's 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 in Australia.

Dan also has numerous reported decisions in leading construction cases and recently 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.

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




Inter-Pacific Bar Association, RITANZ, ARITA and NZCFI


Victoria University LLB/BA (1997 - 2001) Auckland university LLM (2006)
Admitted: 2002 Partner at Anthony Harper since 2015. Prior to this he was a partner at Kensington Swan since 2009.


Touch rugby, Gym, Fishing

New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Anthony Harper continued to grow its dispute resolution team, which is led by Christchurch-based Peter Woods. The firm is recognised for its strong track record in complex cases, including contractual disputes, breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims, governance disputes and urgent interlocutory relief applications. The addition of Katherine Anderson, formerly director of legal and risk at Auckland Council and a current member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, to the Auckland team gives the firm significant weight in public law matters. Her arrival also brought new clients Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to the firm. Karen Kemp, who acts for homeowners’ organisation HOBANZ, and Dan Hughes are also recommended, as is Richard Smedley in Christchurch. Woods is acting for EQC Action Group in a High Court action against the Earthquake Commission concerning statutory standards for building repair. Hughes assisted First Credit Union lodge with a complaint challenging the NZ Association of Credit Unions’ rules.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Dan Hughes - Anthony Harper

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Anthony Harper provides ‘sound advice with a clear rationale for the actions recommended’ and is ‘proactive in recognising changes in legislation’. In Christchurch, team head Crispin Vinnell (who is ‘calm, balanced and commercial’) and banking partner Nigel Oliver are ‘knowledgeable, extremely capable and always willing to help’. ‘Responsive and capable’ senior associate Chloe Jolliffe and, in Auckland, litigation partner Dan Hughes and senior associate Lynne Van ‘provide an extremely good service’. Highlights included advising PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency on the liquidation of ASX-listed Northern Crest Investments. The company collapsed owing NZ$80m and the resulting liquidation raised important questions in regard to the conduct of directors.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Anthony Harper’s transport and logistics team handles corporate, finance and contentious matters, with a strong focus on shipping and maritime law. Team head and corporate partner Chris Dann in Christchurch has specialist expertise in ports, transport and logistics matters. Litigators including Dan Hughes (who ‘cuts to the chase and does not muck around’) have experience in maritime matters, such as vessel arrest and ship mortgages. Dann advised Lyttelton Port Company on service agreements with international shipping companies, including Maersk Line and China Ocean Shipping, and on the establishment of its new inland port. He also advised the same client on the establishment of the new Te Ana Marina for recreational boating, which will be the only walk-on floating marina in Canterbury. The firm is also lead adviser to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in its long-term contract to meet International Energy Agency treaty obligations through petroleum reserve and shipping agreements with oil companies.

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