Gareth Neil


Gareth is among New Zealand’s most experienced, highly regarded and trusted insolvency practitioners and litigators. 

As a lead Partner of MC’s Insolvency, Recoveries and Enforcement Group, Gareth and his team act for both debtors and creditors, including companies and directors facing recovery demands, private insolvency practitioners and the Official Assignee.

Gareth and his team are expert in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, including complex and high-value High Court recoveries-related litigation. Gareth has particular expertise in asset preservation, cross-border insolvency, contractual and fraud-based claims, and consequent recovery proceedings.  

As a litigator, Gareth has overseen and led hundreds of insolvency and similar cases at all levels of the New Zealand court system, up to and including the Supreme Court. Gareth and his team welcome difficult or novel briefs, and have successfully represented clients on precedent-setting cases.

Pearson v Official Assignee [2022] NZCA 158

> Successful application to strike out an appeal to the Court of Appeal as an abuse of process

 The Vintage Aviator Ltd v DeMarco [2021] NZHC 3096

> Favourable resolution of complex issues of fraud based subrogation to securities and tracing

 Wulff v DeMarco [2021] NZHC3110

> Successful acceptance of client’s position on ownership interests in vintage aircraft and company shareholding

 Official Assignee v Yarrow [2020] NZHC 2594

> Successful application for asset preservation orders pending determination of ‘clawback’ recoveries action

 Re Harman, ex parte Official Assignee [2019] NZHC 101

> Successful argument for reducing compensation for breach of directors’ duties from $22m initially claimed to $6m

 Auckland Steel Fixers Ltd (In Liquidation) v Watson [2018] NZAR 864  

> Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against High Court declination to grant asset preservation orders

 Chean v De Alwis [2010] NZCA 20

> Successful enforcement of client’s rights and remedies under the Securities Act 1978



Partner since 2011

LLM (Hons), University of Auckland, 2004

LLB, University of Otago, 2000

Admitted as NZ Barrister and Solicitor, 2002