Sam Holden graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA/LLB(Hons) and was admitted to the bar in 2009. Since then he has gained first-rate litigation experience in firms and courts in Auckland, London and the Hague.
Sam has extensive experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including contractual, banking and finance, insurance, construction, public, and international law disputes. He has experience representing clients in connection with investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission, Securities Commission, Serious Fraud Office, and UK Financial Markets Authority. He has also worked as in-house legal counsel at a major UK bank, and at the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
This well-rounded litigation experience enables Sam to work confidently and achieve positive results on disputes of any subject matter. Sam provides intelligent and commercial advice and is adept at managing litigation matters of all sizes in a strategic and cost-effective manner. He is a strong advocate and has appeared as counsel in proceedings in the District Court and High Court, as well as mediations and arbitrations.
Acted for the Commerce Commission in a civil claim against multiple airlines and freight forwarders alleging price fixing.
Acted for Carter Holt Harvey in a major claim against Rolls Royce and Genesis Energy concerning the construction of a cogeneration plant.
Acted for Barclays Bank PLC in a significant portfolio of claims brought by customers in relation to the alleged misselling of financial products and benchmark rate manipulation.
Acted for Fullers in judicial review proceedings against Explore NZ and the Ministry of Conservation.
Acted for ING (NZ) in an investigation by the Commerce Commission of alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act in the marketing and promotion of funds.
Advised at the United Nation International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in connection with the case against Radovan Karadzic.