Senior Solicitor, Auckland

Hugo Snell

Hugo Snell V2



Hugo specialises in litigation and dispute resolution; in particular, insolvency, construction and debt recovery

Work highlights

Acting as junior counsel for New Zealand Industrial Park

to appeal successfully a High Court decision and reinstate two restrictive covenants. The covenants prevent Synlait Milk from developing its NZ$280m infant formula manufacturing plant (New Zealand Industrial Park Ltd v Stonehill Trustee Ltd [2019] NZCA 147, subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court in Synlait Milk Ltd v New Zealand Industrial Park Ltd [2020] 1 NZLR 657, and settled)

Acting for the liquidators of the Forestlands Group of companies

including obtaining Court orders approving their appointment and directions approving the payment of an interim dividend (Jackson v Forestlands (No.2-No.20) Ltd [2020] NZHC 1683; Re Forestlands (No.2 Ltd (In Liquidation) [2019] NZHC 393, Re Forestlands NZ Ltd [2018] NZHC 2447).

Acting for various banks and other institutions

to enforce loan and guarantee obligations, including delivery up of secured property (Owens v Dong [2022] NZHC 411; Bank of New Zealand v Padamati [2021] NZHC 45; Northland Regional Council v Gill and others [2020] NZHC 2639; Bank of New Zealand v Hayman [2018] NZHC 2390)

Alternate contacts

David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation. He has over 17 years' experience in resolving banking and finance, insolvency, insurance…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7010
  • M +64 21 022 72994


Luke Sizer

Partner, Auckland

Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency…

  • DDI +64 9 363 1036
  • M +64 27 297 0374


Michael Smol

Senior Solicitor, Auckland

Michael specialises in litigation and dispute resolution; in particular, construction, insolvency, and debt recovery…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0685