LLB, Senior Associate
Cecil Hanafin
Cecil is a senior associate in the national Dispute Resolution Team.  She is an experienced litigation and disputes lawyer with extensive experience in civil litigation.  Cecil provides strategic advice and representation in relation to disputes and appears regularly as counsel in the New Zealand courts and other dispute resolution forums.

"I am passionate about the law and enjoy applying it in a pragmatic and efficient way to assist my clients to resolve disputes."
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Cecil's recent work whilst at Wynn Williams and other firms.
  • Advising a large global make-up brand following the termination of a long-term distribution agreement based on allegations of partnership and/or joint venture with alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. Counterclaims were also successfully pursued seeking recovery of unpaid royalties.
  • Acting for successful plaintiffs in respect of their claims to recover shares in New Zealand’s largest Ponzi scheme. Also acted for various other investors in respect of defending and settling voidable transaction claims in the collapse.
  • Acting for a financial institution in its successful defence of claims bought by a former employee relating to the recovery of a significant loan made to the plaintiff to purchase a residential property. The claims were brought following our lender client having issued a Property Law Act notice.
  • Advising liquidators including in respect of numerous applications for directions, voidable transactions, section 261 applications and other liquidator claims.
  • Advising various creditors in respect of Debt Recovery including in relation to the Personal Property Security Act 1999.
  • Acting for a large property developer in respect of a significant number of successful summary judgment applications seeking specific performance of Sale and Purchase Agreements.
  • Acting for a software development company in respect of injunction proceedings issued against it.

Recent Articles


COVID-19 insolvency reforms – a job part done?

The Government has announced that it will be introducing temporary changes to the Companies Act in an effort to see as many businesses survive the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19 as possible. The changes will be welcome news to debtors , however, the news may not be so rosy for creditors, many of whom will also be feeling the pinch of the COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19 Possible further relief for struggling businesses during the current Covid 19 crisis

The Australian government has announced that it is putting in place temporary measures to prevent businesses and individuals temporarily facing financial distress as a result of COVID-19 from being forced into liquidation.  Given New Zealand’s insolvency laws are closely aligned with Australia it is likely that in the coming days our Government will follow suit with a similar package. 

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The impact of COVID-19 on cashflow and solvency

The continuing spread of COVID-19 and government measures in response means an economic downturn with increasing business failures. What should business owners consider in these circumstances?

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Reported Decisions

  • Priest v Ross Asset Management Limited [2016] NZHC 1803
  • Carolan v New Zealand Real Estate Credit Ltd [2016] NZHC 1757
  • BDM Grange Limited v Trimex Limited [2015] NZHC 2469
  • Percy v Sovereign Assurance Co Ltd [2014] NZHC 1573
  • Resource New Zealand Ltd v Mediterranean Shipping Co S.A.[2014] NZHC 292
  • Jacomb v Registrar of Companies [2013] NZHC 2486
  • Westpac New Zealand Ltd v Adams [2013] NZHC 3113
  • New Technology Business Solutions Group Ltd v Appello Services Ltd [2012] NZHC 1024


  • Research Assistant for textbook Williams and Kawharu on Arbitration (LexisNexis, 2011)

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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 25, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609

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