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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.