Firm Profile > Hesketh Henry > Auckland, New Zealand

Hesketh Henry
New Zealand

Insurance Tier 2

The dispute resolution practice at Hesketh Henry in Auckland handles insurance matters as part of a broad range of litigation. It has one of New Zealand's largest insurance defence and litigation teams and counts AIG Insurance, Suncorp Group, Dual and Lloyds of London syndicates among its key clients. The practice works closely with other groups including construction, cyber, trade, employment and transport to advise on insurance matters relevant to those sectors. Senior litigation partner Brett Morley and Alan Sherlock, who has almost 30 years' experience in litigation and expertise in marine insurance, fire and general, reinsurance and third-party liability, are the lead partners. Morley frequently acts for onshore and offshore insurers, brokers, and insured and uninsured parties, both as claimants and defendants.

Practice head(s):

Alan Sherlock; Brett Morley

Other key lawyers:

Christina Bryant; Helen Macfarlane; Simon Cartwright; Nick Gillies; Stephanie Corban; Anna Barnett


‘Strong technical yet very practical advice, especially in the employment team. Very approachable and practical teams in general.’

‘Anna Barnett is very helpful, hardworking and responsive.’

Key clients

Suncorp Group New Zealand Limited (including Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited and AA Insurance Limited)

AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited

Dual NZ Limited

Lexis Nexis New Zealand Limited

Lloyd’s of London syndicates

Labour and employment Tier 2

Hesketh Henry in Auckland has a dedicated employment practice that handles the full range of advisory, compliance, negotiation and dispute resolution work. It is particularly noted for its strength in legislative compliance, employment-related litigation and health and safety issues. Clients remark that the 'exceptional' team provides 'excellent communication and extensive knowledge'. Seasoned partner Jim Roberts and newly promoted Alison Maelzer lead the practice. Roberts has nearly 27 years' experience and frequently assists employers with collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights, health and safety and accident compensation. Maelzer's work includes compliance with statutory obligations, restructuring, transfer of undertakings, disciplinary processes and collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Jim Roberts; Alison Maelzer

Other key lawyers:

Jodi Sharman; Sam Houliston


“There is always at least one of the employment team available and regardless of who you are dealing with they share your situation with the rest of the team. That means that even if your main contact is unavailable, someone else can always help.”

“The information sessions they host are great for getting up to date with relevant info and the chance to ask questions of the experts.”

“I find the employment team at Hesketh Henry very approachable and realistic about the application of the law to the actual employment environment. They know that there are times you need to take a path that may open you up to risk, they are non-judgmental and instead advise of the risk and how to mitigate it.”

“We are always given great advice with all the options.”

“They make you feel at ease and are very knowledgable.”

“Jim Roberts is especially good for employment law.”

Key clients

Restaurant Association of New Zealand

Smith & Caughey Limited

Suncorp NZ Employees Limited

Corrections Association of New Zealand

Coastal Oil Logistics Limited

Juken New Zealand Limited

Northpower Limited

Chubb Insurance NZ Limited

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Limited

Mondiale Freight Services Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Hesketh Henry in Auckland provides 'very practical and pragmatic advice, delivered well'. Another client remarks that the firm is known for 'advice which you can clearly trust and rely on, with all avenues covered'. The firm is involved in some of the largest and most contentious infrastructure projects and counts Fulton Hogan and AECOM among its clients. Its real estate clients include international investors, retirement village operators, property developers, church and iwi organisations. Nick Gillies and Christina Bryant are the key construction partners, while Robert Berry and Brian Coburn lead the real estate practice. Gillies and Bryant are experienced litigators with specialist expertise in construction and property disputes. Berry acts for corporates, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in property transactions, and Coburn handles the acquisition and leasing of commercial office buildings and advises operators in the retirement village industry.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gillies; Christina Bryant; Robert Berry; Brian Coburn

Other key lawyers:

Helen Macfarlane; Robert Berry; Brian Coburn; Glen Holm-Hansen; Sarah Holderness


“The firm provides no-nonsense advice, explained clearly.”

“The firm, particularly Nick Gillies, provides proactive, professional and to the point advice.”

“The firm has a great depth of knowledge and experience but the advice is always delivered in a commercially focused manner. Accessibility to and commitment of senior partners is a key strength. The client is always consulted before work passed to associates or senior solicitors. It has a pragmatic approach to all issues.”

“It provides honest, robust and commercially focused legal advice, which is important in a dynamic industry. The standout lawyers are partner Nick Gillies and senior associate Glen Holm-Hansen.”

“The team concentrates on contractor-side construction law support, so it understands the contractor’s perspective and risks.”

“Nick Gillies has exceptional industry knowledge.”

Key clients

AA Insurance


CMP Construction

Fulton Hogan



McConnell Dowell

Stantec (previously MWH)

Vero Insurance


Caughey Preston Trust

Ngati Tama Custodian Trustee

Norman Glass Services Ltd

Pact 2086 Trust

Speldhurst Country Estate

Vladi Private Islands (Pacific)

Epsom Central Apartments LP

Juken New Zealand

Kahawai Point Development

Palms Lifestyle Villages

Richmond Villas

Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 2

Hesketh Henry in Auckland has a dedicated transport and trade practice that acts for clients in the maritime, logistics and commodities sectors. Its range of services includes employment, health and safety, insurance, property and regulatory issues, as well as transportation contracts and disputes. The firm also acts for international shipping clients, particularly those based in Singapore and the Middle East. Simon Cartwright focuses on marine insurance, charterparty disputes, shipbuilding and repair, transactional shipping and international trade, while leading marine insurance partner Alan Sherlock focuses on cargo, hull and equipment damage claims. The firm recently hired consultant Ruth Allcoat from HFW, where she built up extensive transactional maritime experience for both commercial shipping and yachting clients.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cartwright; Alan Sherlock

Other key lawyers:


“The team offers a more personal service, tailored to the specific needs of its clients and at competitive rates.”

“Simon Cartwright is my first choice for shipping matters – he has considerable experience in the area and takes a highly commercial and pragmatic approach, focused on problem solving and resolution. He is responsive and extremely approachable.”

Key clients


Charterers P & I Club


Holcim Lafarge


Shipowners Mutual P & I Club

Standard P & I Club

Vero Marine

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hesketh Henry in Auckland is 'a very open, efficient and available firm that offers practical advice on a wide range of legal matters and is able to look at the bigger picture, but still make the advice succinct'. The small team acts for both domestic and international clients across a range of industries, though it has particular expertise in assisting overseas entities moving into the Australasian market through acquisitions or establishing a new business in New Zealand. Managing partner Erich Bachmann, who has more than 30 years' experience in drafting and reviewing business contracts, Kate Telford and Chris Lee  are the lead partners. One client remarks that Bachmann and senior associates Julika Wahlmann-Smith and Sarah Gibbs are regarded as 'honest, learned, reliable and consistent'.

Practice head(s):

Erich Bachmann; Kate Telford; Chris Lee

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AECOM New Zealand Limited

Altus NZ Limited

Dominion Constructors Limited

First Travel Group Limited (now known as FTG 1999 Limited)

Hella New Zealand Limited

Independent Timber Merchants Co-operative Limited

Ingram Micro (N.Z.) Limited

Jennian Homes Limited

Juken New Zealand Limited

Mataura Valley Milk Limited

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

Neuseelandhaus GmbH

TMA Group of Companies Pty Limited

Webscope Limited

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Erich Bachmann
Mergers and acquisitions Kate Telford
Foreign investment Erich Bachmann
Foreign investment Hak Jun Lee
Corporate advisory Chris Lee
Corporate advisory Kate Telford
Intellectual property Erich Bachmann
Intellectual property Chris Lee
Information technology Kate Telford
Litigation and dispute resolution Brett Morley
Litigation and dispute resolution Christina Bryant
Employment Jim Roberts
Employment Alison Maelzer
Insurance Brett Morley
Insurance Alan Sherlock
Construction Christina Bryant
Construction Nick Gillies
Maritime Alan Sherlock
Maritime Simon Cartwright
Wills and estates Mary Joy Simpson
Wills and estates John Kirkwood
Trusts Mary Joy Simpson
Trusts John Kirkwood
Family Mary Joy Simpson
Family Nicola Penman-Chambers
Property Brian Coburn
Property Robert Berry
Rest homes and retirement villages Brian Coburn
Commercial property Brian Coburn
Commercial property Robert Berry
Commercial law Chris Lee
Commercial law Kate Telford
Trade and transport Simon Cartwright
Trade and transport Nick Gillies
Number of lawyers : 44
NZGBA (New Zealand German Business Association)
IPBA (International Pacific Bar Association)
Contacts : Kerry Browne (general manager
Contacts : Erich Bachmann (managing partner

CLIENT: Tim Clark
COMPANY/FIRM: Webscope Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Chris recently assisted us with the negotiation of IP/IT agreements for two large and complex projects in which we were developing: a market leading robo-advice platform for a global financial institution; and a paper-less meeting system for one of NZ’s largest local councils. Our customers were advised by IP/IT experts from some of New Zealand’s leading firms. Chris protected our interests whilst also finding pragmatic and reasonable solutions which enabled the deals to be done. Chris has previously represented us in a dispute when a director /shareholder left the business where his advice to us as directors and shareholders was invaluable. I highly recommend his support for commercial agreements, corporate advice and M&A transactions.