Brent has a wealth of experience in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Having successes in all courts.

In recognition of Brent’s knowledge of insolvency law, Brent is an author of Heath and Whale on Insolvency for LexisNexis. Heath and Whale on Insolvency is the leading insolvency text and is often referred to by Judges and Counsel in New Zealand.

Brent has also authored the Insolvency Precedents for Thomson Reuters. These precedents may be utilised by other New Zealand professionals such as other lawyers, insolvency practitioners and accountants. They are also available to Universities and students.

Brent is currently in the process of authoring other works that will be published in due course.

Brent practices what he authors and provides expert and strategic advice to his clients. Brent has acted as counsel in court in regard to various proceedings, including pursuit of directors for breaches of duties, transactions that defraud creditors, transactions at undervalue, voidable transactions, overdrawn current accounts, enforcement of obligations to provide documents or attend liquidator interviews, review of liquidators’ decisions, setting aside related party resolutions, applications for court directions, pooling of related companies, surrender of securities, confirming validity of liquidators’ appointment, vesting property and miscellaneous debt recovery.

Brent has also obtained freezing orders to preserve property pending the outcome of litigation.

In addition to the above, Brent has acted as Counsel in a range of enforcement actions including liquidating companies, bankrupting individuals, and obtaining orders for arrest, attachment, charging and sale.

Despite having a keen interest in litigation, Brent’s primary focus is on commercial settlement, where possible.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Brent was personally a finalist in the New Zealand Law Awards for Young In-house Lawyer of the year. In 2015, Brent was also a finalist for the CLANZ Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year.

In 2018, Brent was personally a finalist in the New Zealand Law Awards for Young Private Practice Lawyer of the year.

In 2018 and 2017, Brent lead Norling Law to be a finalist in the New Zealand Law Awards in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm category.

Brent also lead Norling Law to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s most innovative Law Firms in 2019. In 2019, Brent also lead Norling law to be a finalist in the New Zealand Law Awards for Litigation and Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year and Boutique Law Firm of the year for our work in Insolvency and Restructuring.

In 2020, Brent also lead Norling Law to be ranked and recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide.

Brent writes regular articles for various legal magazines but most are reproduced together with our own articles. You can view these at our Publications.

Brent can assist clients in a range of matters including:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution;
  • Insolvency and Restructuring;
  • Shareholder Disputes;
  • Tax Debt Problems;
  • Commercial Contract Disputes;
  • Debt Recovery and Security Enforcement; and
  • Construction Disputes.

If Brent’s expertise can be of assistance to you, do not hesitate to Contact us for a no obligation discussion. Or Schedule a no obligation consultation with Brent.

Recent and Notable Judgments

Below are a selection of cases where Brent has acted as Counsel in Court. This is not a full selection of cases and it should be noted that many cases do not reach a full trial or hearing. Rather, they settle. Those cases will not reflect in the below table.

Supreme Court

Canavan v Grant [2014] NZSC 82Successful opposition to leave application.View
CP Asset Management Ltd v Grant [2014] NZSC 11Successful opposition to leave application.View

Court of Appeal

90 Nine Ltd v Luxury Rentals NZ Ltd [2019] NZCA 424Successful appeal of High Court’s decision dismissing an application for a liquidation of a company on discretionary grounds.View
Monocrane NZ Limited (in Liq) v Grant [2016] NZCA 139Estoppel against claim for an overdrawn current account where Relationship Property Agreement exists.View
Grant v Waipareira Investments Ltd [2014] NZCA 607Liquidation Regulations – surrender of securities.View
Grant v Lotus Gardens Ltd [2014] NZCA 498Successful opposition to application for extension of time to cross appeal.View
Grant v Lotus Gardens Ltd [2014] NZCA 127Successful appeal dealing with the automatic setting aside of transaction and statutory demand.View
Schuler v Grant [2014] NZCA 91Successful opposition to appeal holding director liable for breaches of director duties – indemnity costs.View
Grant v CP Asset Management Ltd [2013] NZCA 452Successful appeal reinstating liquidators replaced at the High Court and disregarding views of related creditors.View

High Court

Sak Hospitality Ltd v Joshi [2019] NZHC 2443Defended an application for temporary stay of enforcement (sale of house of the judgment debtor). Stay of enforcement was granted, however, subject to various conditions.View
Alpine South Fishing Ltd (in rec) v Kim [2018] NZHC 2579Successfully defending an application for an interim injunction preventing receivers taking further steps in relation to company assets.View
Greenfield Global Limited v MKAH Limited [2017] NZHC 1298Successfully obtaining an injunction preventing the appointment of a receiver and defending costs and obtaining costs against the lender who unreasonably threatened receivership.View
Ranolf Company Limited (in Liq) v Bhana [2017] NZHC 1183Successfully obtaining declaratory orders in favour of liquidator trustees and obtaining orders for sale of trust property to pay liquidators and creditors.View
Grant v Bhana [2016] NZHC 2755Successfully obtaining orders that respondents be penalised for contempt of Court for failing to comply with Court orders.View
Grant v Bhana [2016] NZHC 2352Successfully obtaining orders that respondents are in contempt of Court for failing to comply with Court orders.View
Schuler v Independent Livestock Agents Limited (in Liq) [2016] NZHC 1680Successfully defending appeal to strike out proceedings.View
Central Tyres Waipukurau Limited (in Liquidation) v Pallesen [2016] NZHC 146Successfully obtaining orders against director in breach of his duties to pay all debts of the company and costs and fees of liquidator.View
Andrews v Grant [2015] NZHC 2934Successfully resisting a setting aside of judgment obtained and successfully interpreting an infrequently used provision of the High Court Rules.View
NZNet Internet Services Limited (in Liquidation) v Engini Limited [2015] NZHC 2713Successful application appointing the same liquidators of the creditor company as interim liquidators of the debtor company. Interim liquidation order made on an urgent basis, 1 working day after filing application.View
Grant v Bhana [2015] NZHC 2596Successful applicaiton obtaining orders that persons are in contempt of court and obtaining and order for arrest.View
Grant v Lotus Gardens Limited (in Liquidation) [2015] NZHC 2345Successful application replacing liquidator to appoint liquidator elected by creditor.View
Central Tyres Waipukurau Limited (in Liquidation) v Pallesen [2015] NZHC 2324Successful in obtaining orders to freeze properties of defendant pending outcome of litigation.View
Grant v McKenzie [2015] NZHC 1958Testing voidable transaction regime in regard to suspicion of knowledge of insolvency.View
Grant v ML Trustees 2711 Limited [2015] NZHC 1652Successfully obtaining costs against trustee.View
Grant v ML Trustees 2711 Limited [2015] NZHC 1503Successful in obtaining a declaration of validity of liquidator appointment and that trustee ratified actions of co-trustee decisions.View
Grant v Johnson [2015] NZHC 611Successful in obtaining a declaration that directors breached duties to company and are liable for debts of company.View
Grant v Rosebud Corporate Trustee Ltd [2014] NZHC 2789Successful proceeding declaring that transaction was made at undervalue and requiring defendant to repay the difference.View
Grant v Pandey [2014] NZHC 623Successfully obtaining orders requiring parties to provide the liquidator with books, records and documents of companyView
Grant v Pandey [2014] NZHC 559Successful in obtaining increased costs and costs for in-house counsel.View
Grant v Westcon Group NZ Ltd [2013] NZHC 3419Voidable transaction. Unsuccessful in setting aside transaction but successful in obtaining an authority to support the proposition that secured creditors can be liable to a liquidator under the voidable transaction regime.View
Grant v Pandey [2013] NZHC 3330Successful in obtaining orders requiring parties to attend an interview under oath by the liquidator.View
Grant v Pandey [2013] NZHC 3323Successful in upholding a decision of Associate Judge on review and obtaining increased costs.View
Grant v Barahmi CIV-2014-404-1447Successful in obtaining a warrant of arrest for noncompliance with Court order.View
West v Grant [2013] NZHC 3043Successfully defending an application requiring that liquidators be replaced or supervised by the Court.View
Grant v Pandey [2013] NZHC 2844Successful in opposing a parties protest to the jurisdiction of the High Court.View
Grant v Independent Livestock 2010 Ltd [2012] NZHC 3458Successful in holding director liable for breaches of director duties – indemnity costs.View
Grant v Lenaghan [2012] NZHC 3065Successful in obtaining declaration as to ownership of assets where ownership was not certain.View

District Court

Schuler v Independent Livestock Agents Limited (in Liq) [2015] NZDC 24512Successfully defending an application for security for costs and stike out of claim.View
NZNet Internet Services Limited (in Liq) v Engini Limited [2015] NZDC 19835Sucessfully striking out statement of defence which was based on an alleged forgiveness of debt and obtaining judgmentView