Jordan Halligan

LLB (Hons), BCom, Associate

Jordan is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team, supporting Greg Simms and Shane Campbell.  Auckland based, his practice covers all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on trusts and fiduciary law, contractual and negligence claims, and consumer law.

Jordan provides support at hearings and in ADR settings to barristers and senior lawyers within the Firm, as well as appearing as sole counsel on interlocutory matters. He has appeared for clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court and Family Court.

An Associate of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators Association of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ) and an Affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Jordan is currently studying toward a STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.

Jordan is a regular contributor of articles in various legal journals, has previously tutored law at the University of Canterbury, and currently tutors at the University of Auckland.


Recent Articles


High Court grants summary judgment in respect of claims under the Companies Act 1993: Feldman v Dexibit Limited [2021] NZHC 2488

Summary judgment is a process that allows plaintiffs to obtain judgment where they can satisfy the court that the defendant has no arguable defence to a claim. The process is faster and less expensive than a normal High Court trial, however, it has its limits.

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COVID-19 Trusts and Charities: What you should know

In the context of a global pandemic affecting lives and livelihoods the world over, the focus of most of us has been on those legal matters which are front and center in our lives. What has perhaps gone under the radar is the impact COVID-19 may have for our trusts and charities, many of whom hold investments that are likely to be significantly affected by the ensuing economic fallout.

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Directors’ liability in the spotlight

When Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited (Mainzeal) collapsed in February 2013, it left behind a raft of unsecured creditors who were jointly owed just over $110 million. The proceedings brought by Mainzeal’s liquidators against its former directors were for the effective benefit of these creditors.

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Voidability of third-party payments

A company is teetering on the verge of insolvency. Its creditors are numerous. The company arranges for a third party to settle some of its debts on its behalf, but nonetheless tips over into liquidation. Can the liquidators recover the monies paid to the company’s creditors?

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Insolvency update April 2018

This article provides an update on insolvency matters with reference to recent case law.

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  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

  • Arbitrators’ and Mediators Association of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ)

  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)

  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association Inc (ANZSLA)

  • Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA)

  • Society of Construction Law New Zealand

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer for Relationship Property and Family Finance at the University of Canterbury (2019)


  • The Trusts Act 2019 (online looseleaf ed, Practical Law New Zealand) (with Shane Campbell)

  • “Disclosure in the time of the Trusts Act 2019” [2021] NZLJ 44

  • “Shareholder-trustees in the spotlight” [2021] NZLJ 15

  • “How much influence can they have? The ability for beneficiaries and settlors to direct and influence trustees” (paper presented to STEP New Zealand, Auckland, November 2020) (with Jeremy Johnson)

  • “The ADR Provisions of the Trusts Act 2019” (paper presented at AMINZ Day 2019, Auckland, October 2019) (with Andrew Watkins)

  • “Division of Property” (lecture presented to LAWS 310: Relationship Property and Family Finance, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, October 2019)

  • Is the Castle Still Standing? – Attacks on Trusts – Paper presented at the New Zealand Law Society Trusts Conference 2019
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