Sam Holden Sam Holden

Sam Holden

Senior Associate

Litigation & dispute resolution
Construction & major projects

Sam is an experienced commercial litigator, specialising in construction, insolvency and regulatory matters.

As a senior member of our Construction & Major Projects team, he is trusted by the firm’s largest clients to lead complex construction disputes, achieving excellent results in the courts, arbitration, adjudication and settlements.

He also advises clients in regulatory investigations by the Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, Serious Fraud Office and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Sam is recognised as a rising star by NZ Lawyer 2021.

Recent highlights

  • Acted for a government agency in a $75m construction dispute over the progress of a key infrastructure project.

  • Acted for a specialist engineering contractor in a dispute over the construction a wastewater treatment plant.

  • Acting for a contractor in successful adjudication proceedings over a large residential development in West Auckland.

  • Represented clients in contentious rent review disputes, most recently for a commercial precinct in Westhaven.

  • Counselled receivers, administrators and liquidators, most recently appearing for the receivers of Capital + Merchant Finance in successful High Court proceedings to determine entitlement to a fund.

  • Represented leading banks and financial service providers, most recently assisting a Cayman bank to preserve and recover US$8m following a fraud at a New Zealand financial services provider.


  • Member of the Society of Construction Law.

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