Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes has a legal practice covering a wide range of regulatory issues and proceedings. He takes briefs ranging from handling investigations and providing compliance advice through to court prosecution, appeals or judicial review.

Gary is a competition/antitrust expert with over 20 years experience and is also widely regarded as New Zealand’s leading Anti-Money Laundering lawyer, having worked on specialist AML/financial crime matters since 2007.

Specialist areas:

  • Competition and consumer law – Commerce Commission investigations, anti-competitive advice/disputes, cartels or fair trading.
  • AML, Fraud, Financial conduct – FMA, DIA, RBNZ, banking or financial services cases and regulatory advice.
  • Insurance law – claims, indemnity, subrogation issues especially liability, D&O, or EQ cases.
  • Privacy, Media, Technology – Privacy Commission, breach of confidence, Official Information Act, media, marketing and internet cases or regulatory affairs.
  • Transport, Infrastructure, Trade – Regulatory issues with NZTA, MBIE, Maritime NZ disputes, across land, aviation, shipping.
  • Contract, company, JV, governance and commercial disputes

Before commencing practice as a barrister, Gary was a partner at top litigation boutique Wilson Harle. His experience also includes leading national firms (Chapman Tripp) and global firms (Clyde & Co, London).  His work has been ranked by leading lawyer guides including Chambers, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal, and AsiaLaw Profiles.



Phone:   09 558 5877

Mobile:  021 477 780



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“Gary Hughes’ reputation continues to grow, with both peers and clients praising his abilities across a range of competition areas. One source observes: “He does a lot of good work and we have a lot of time for him.” Hughes recently advised Television New Zealand on its involvement with a Commerce Commission investigation into the dealings of its rival and joint venture partner, SKY TV”

Chambers Asia-Pacific guide, Competition/Anti-trust 2015