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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Erich Bachmann  photo Mr Erich Bachmann
Mr Robert Berry  photo Mr Robert Berry
Mrs Christina Bryant  photo Mrs Christina Bryant
Mr Simon Cartwright  photo Mr Simon Cartwright
Mr Brian Coburn  photo Mr Brian Coburn
Mr Nick Gillies  photo Mr Nick Gillies
Mr John Kirkwood  photo Mr John Kirkwood
Mr Chris Lee  photo Mr Chris Lee
Ms Helen Macfarlane  photo Ms Helen Macfarlane
Mrs Alison Maelzer  photo Mrs Alison Maelzer
Mr Brett Morley  photo Mr Brett Morley
Mr Jim Roberts  photo Mr Jim Roberts
Mrs Jodi Sharman  photo Mrs Jodi Sharman
Mr Alan Sherlock  photo Mr Alan Sherlock
Ms Kate Telford  photo Ms Kate Telford
Mrs Julika Wahlmann-Smith  photo Mrs Julika Wahlmann-Smith
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.