Firm Profile > Hesketh Henry > Auckland, New Zealand

Hesketh Henry
New Zealand

Insurance Tier 2

Hesketh Henry in Auckland has a four-partner insurance practice that is 'very capable and has extensive industry knowledge and experience'. The firm has a strong flow of work from its appointments to the panels of major insurers. Amongst its broad palette of work, the firm handles many solicitor negligence claims, for which it has a specialist team. Alan Sherlock, Brett Morley and Helen Macfarlane are the lead partners. Sherlock is a litigation partner with 35 years' experience in marine insurance, fire and general, reinsurance and third party liability. 'Thorough and thoughtful' senior associate Stephanie Corban is also recommended.


‘The firm has a very capable team with extensive industry knowledge and experience.’

‘Senior associate Stephanie Corban is an excellent operator. She is thorough and thoughtful in her approach to thorny issues.’

‘Hesketh Henry has proven to be excellent for contract works matters in first- and third-party claims.’

‘I have dealt with Helen McFarlane, who has proven to be very knowledgeable and effective on complex contract works matters.’

‘Hesketh Henry has a good selection of senior partners and associates who provide good service to us and our clients. Brett Morley and Christina Bryant are our main contacts.’

‘They have a division of specialists in Insurance law.’

Key clients

Suncorp Group New Zealand Limited

Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited (including Vero Marine)

AA Insurance Limited

AIG Insurance Limited

Chubb Insurance New Zealand Limited

Underwriting Agencies of Australia Pty Limited / Underwriting Agencies of New Zealand Limited

Dual New Zealand Limited

AmTrust International

Charterers P & I Club

Lexis Nexis New Zealand Limited

Labour and employment Tier 2

The specialist employment law practice at Hesketh Henry in Auckland has substantial experience in all aspects of employment advisory, compliance, negotiation and dispute resolution work. It acts for a diverse range of employers, employees and unions across many industry sectors, including manufacturing, aviation, marine, communications, utilities and professional services, and it draws on its significant expertise in legislative compliance, employment-related litigation and health and safety issues. Jim Roberts, who is known as an expert on the Labour Relations Act 1987 and the Employment Contracts Act 1991, and Alison Maelzer are the team leaders in a nine-lawyer group. Senior associates Jodi Sharman and Sam Houliston are recommended for contentious matters.

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Key clients

Suncorp NZ Employees Limited

Metropolitan Glass & Glazing Limited

Corrections Association of New Zealand

Restaurant Association of New Zealand

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Limited

Chubb Insurance NZ Limited

Ricoh New Zealand Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific New Zealand

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Hesketh Henry in Auckland has developed a prominent position in the construction market. The team's specialist construction skills combine with property law, insurance, transport and insolvency expertise to provide a comprehensive service. The real estate team focuses on large and complex commercial property acquisitions by local and foreign investors. It also provides regulatory advice on the development of retirement villages. Nick Gillies leads on construction, while Brian Coburn and Robert Berry are co-heads of the real estate group. The firm also excels in contentious construction matters thanks to litigators Helen Macfarlane and Christina Bryant.


‘The team has real life experience of working in the sector, so has impressive depth of sector knowledge. Partners Helen McFarlane and Nick Gillies, and senior associate Glen Holm-Hansen stand out.’

‘They provide pragmatic and commercially astute legal advice and show a willingness to engage and consider alternative solutions.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, professional and attentive. Attention to detail was good on a recent complicated matter where they provided a very good service to us.’

‘Nick Gillies is highly regarded nationally for his skill and experience in complex commercial construction disputes. I found him very astute in his dealings with the matter. He forged a path to a negotiated settlement in difficult circumstances whilst balancing the varied expectations of our team. Glen Holm-Hansen was also excellent. Both were prompt in responding to our queries and requests for guidance.’

‘Hesketh Henry has a strong specialist construction team which is very client focussed and has excellent industry knowledge.’

‘Nick Gillies is a strong commercial construction lawyer with significant expertise with disputes. He is an excellent communicator, he is client-focussed and he takes a constructive and collaborative approach. Christina Bryant is a very experienced advocate with deep industry knowledge and a strong client focus.’

Key clients

AECOM New Zealand Ltd

McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

Broadspectrum (New Zealand) Ltd

Fulton Hogan Ltd

Naylor Love Ltd

Form Building & Development Ltd

CMP Construction Ltd

Russell Group (including Dominion Constructors Ltd)

WSP Opus

Stantec New Zealand Ltd (previously MWH)

Kahawai Point Development

Plus Construction Co Ltd and Plus Pacific United Ltd

Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd (part of the Suncorp Group)

Juken New Zealand Ltd

Symonite (part of the Heco Group)

Synergy Properties 27 Ltd

The Melanesian Mission Trust Board

Wellington Investment Group Ltd

Molesworth Investments Limited

Vladi Private Islands GmbH

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

'They have a unique set of skills within the sphere of international transport as well as international commerce', says a client of the transport practice at Hesketh Henry in Auckland. 'They are true experts in transport law, and their advice is always well considered, timely and succinct', adds another. The firm focuses on the maritime, logistics and commodities sectors, advising on shipping and trade contracts, as well as employment, health and safety, insurance, property and regulatory issues within the transport sector. It advises domestic and international charterers and commodities traders, container lines, P&I clubs, marine insurers and logistics providers. Practice head Simon Cartwright and marine insurance specialist Alan Sherlock are the lead partners.

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‘Simon Cartwright, and legal advisor Zoe Pajot have a unique set of skills within the sphere of international transport as well as international commerce. Simon and legal advisor Zoe Pajot stand out.’

‘Hesketh Henry has true experts in transport law. Their advice is always well considered, timely and succinct. The are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Simon Cartwright leads the experienced and highly skilled team. Alice Eager, is one to watch – very intelligent and liked by her clients.’

‘Timely and thorough advice concerning complex shipping matters. Extensive knowledge on all aspects of shipping law and contract of carriage particulars.’

‘Zoe Pajot and Simon Cartwright have a willingness to approach matters with complete professionalism whilst also assisting in providing detailed and concise advice to achieve a desired outcome.’

‘Simon Cartwright has years of experience dealing with the legal issues arising from maritime transportation, but he also has an eye for the commercial and practical issues that arise from shipping operations.’

Key clients

Charterers P & I Club

Juken New Zealand Limited

Vero Marine

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hesketh Henry in Auckland has 'very talented personnel who know our business as well as theirs, and who are prompt, pragmatic and efficient'. The firm provides specialist corporate advice to domestic and international clients in a range of industries including forestry, manufacturing, dairy, meat, travel, construction, aviation, technology and healthcare. It has notable expertise in assisting overseas entities moving into the Australasian market through acquisitions or the establishment of new businesses. Among its clients are large corporates, SMEs and private equity funds. Managing partner Erich Bachmann leads the practice with Kate Telford, who focuses on general commercial law, and Chris Lee who, handles governance and regulatory matters. Senior associate Julika Wahlmann-Smith is also recommended.

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‘Very talented personnel who know our business as well as theirs, and who are prompt, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘The standout personnel are Erich Bachmann and associate Sarah Gibbs, who are very approachable, speak in layman’s terms, and consistently offer sound advice on an efficient basis.’

‘Our building supplies co-operative has been working through a number of constitutional and governance changes over the last two years. We have been addressing the gaps in our governance that have appeared due to our rapid growth. Hesketh Henry has been key to helping us understand those gaps, identify solutions and address with the appropriate resolutions, clauses or rules. Hesketh Henry is our “go to” in any event that involves board procedure, company constitutional matters, regulatory bodies interaction and general legal review.’

‘The partner I work closely with is Kate Telford. She is always available for contact or will respond in a very short time frame. We have been working with Kate to help address flaws in our company’s constitution and she has been valuable in understanding our needs in a real world sense and drafting the appropriate clauses or rules. Our board had an issue during the past year that required particular delicacy as it was a precedent setting situation and potentially explosive. Kate worked with our board to help them understand all possible outcomes and consequences and resolution was reached amicably. The board particularly noted Kate’s work in this situation.’

Key clients

AECOM New Zealand Limited

Dominion Constructors Limited

Independent Timber Merchants Co-operative Limited

Jennian Homes Limited

Juken New Zealand Limited

Altus NZ Limited

InterMed Medical Limited

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

Kookmin Bank

Webscope Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hesketh Henry in Auckland joins the ranking for its growing caseload in litigation, arbitration and mediation. The firm has a sector-specific approach that sees it frequently involved in disputes involving construction, insurance, trade and transport, though it also handles contentious employment, property, trusts, insolvency and regulatory matters. It frequently acts as counsel in major infrastructure disputes. The practice is led by Nick Gillies and Alison Maelzer but the standout practitioner is Christina Bryant, who is an experienced trial lawyer appearing frequently as counsel at High Court and appellate level. Senior associate Glen Holm-Hansen also plays a key role.

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‘The firm exhibits good practice management and initiative.’

‘Christina Bryant is commercial, pragmatic, and intelligent. Nick Gillies is great at advocating hard for the best result for his clients.’

‘The firm has significant depth of resources and superior knowledge.’

‘It provides pragmatic and commercially astute legal advice. It is open to considering other options and ideas, and it has encyclopaedic knowledge.’

‘It has a good appreciation of the contractors’ concerns and is very responsive with practical advice.’

‘Nick Gillies is very knowledgeable and approachable. Glen Holmes-Hanson is very hardworking and knowledgable.’

‘Hesketh Henry has a strong team of construction law specialists who are excellent communicators and have deep industry knowledge. Partners are very accessible and are close to the advice provided.’

‘Nick Gillies is an excellent communicator with strong legal skills and a collaborative approach. Christina Bryant is a very experienced advocate who puts the client first and is solutions-focused.’

Key clients

Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd

Juken New Zealand Limited

AECOM New Zealand Limited

Fulton Hogan Ltd

Naylor Love Ltd

Form Building & Developments Ltd

Infinity Enterprises NZ Ltd

Russell Group (including Dominion Constructors Ltd)

Savvy Vineyards Group

McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

Hesketh Henry is a thriving commercial firm providing business and litigation advice to both domestic and international clients, including those wanting to invest in New Zealand. It has specialist teams in the construction, insurance, real estate, insolvency, trade & transport, employment, health and safety, and private wealth sectors.

The firm’s strong reputation is based on providing pragmatic and high quality services to loyal clients over many years. Hesketh Henry is based in the Auckland CBD and traces its roots in the city back to 1865.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Robert Berry
Aviation Simon Cartwright
Commercial Law Erich Bachmann
Commercial Law Kate Telford
Commercial Property Robert Berry
Commercial Property Brian Coburn
Commercial Property Jacintha Tan
Corporate Advisory Kate Telford
Corporate Advisory Erich Bachmann
Construction Nick Gillies
Construction Christina Bryant
Construction Helen Macfarlane
Employment Jim Roberts
Employment Alison Maelzer
Foreign Investment Erich Bachmann
Foreign Investment Hak Jun Lee
Foreign Investment Emma Tonkin
Health and Safety Alison Maelzer
Information Technology Kate Telford
Intellectual Property Erich Bachmann
Insolvency and Restructuring Robert Berry
Insurance Alan Sherlock
Insurance Helen Macfarlane
Insurance Stephanie Corban
Insurance Brett Morley
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Brett Morley
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Christina Bryant
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nick Gillies
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Simon Cartwright
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Helen Macfarlane
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Alan Sherlock
Maritime Simon Cartwright
Mergers and acquisitions Erich Bachmann
Mergers and acquisitions Kate Telford
Private Wealth Mary Joy Simpson
Private Wealth Emma Tonkin
Private Wealth John Kirkwood
Property Brian Coburn
Property Robert Berry
Rest homes and Retirement Villages Brian Coburn
Trade and transport Simon Cartwright
Wills and Estates John Kirkwood
Wills and Estates Mary Joy Simpson
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Erich Bachmann  photo Mr Erich Bachmann Erich is a senior partner of the firm and heads the Business…
Mr Robert Berry  photo Mr Robert Berry Robert is a Partner in the Commercial Property team at Hesketh Henry.  …
Mrs Christina Bryant  photo Mrs Christina Bryant Christina is the Managing Partner of Hesketh Henry and practises in the…
Mr Simon Cartwright  photo Mr Simon Cartwright Simon is a partner at Hesketh Henry and is a transport and…
Mrs Stephanie Corban photo Mrs Stephanie Corban Stephanie is a Special Counsel in the disputes team
Mr Nick Gillies  photo Mr Nick Gillies Nick is a partner in the Disputes Team.  He is a specialist…
Mr John Kirkwood  photo Mr John Kirkwood John Kirkwood is a partner in Hesketh Henry’s Private Wealth Team
Mr Hak Jun Lee  photo Mr Hak Jun Lee Hak Jun is a partner in the property team.  He heads up…
Ms Helen Macfarlane  photo Ms Helen Macfarlane Helen is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She…
Mrs Alison Maelzer  photo Mrs Alison Maelzer Alison is a Partnerl at Hesketh Henry.   She specialises in employment…
Mr Brett Morley  photo Mr Brett Morley Brett is a Consultant in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at…
Mr Jim Roberts  photo Mr Jim Roberts Jim is a Partner at Hesketh Henry. Jim specialised in Employment law.
Mrs Jodi Sharman  photo Mrs Jodi Sharman Jodi is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team…
Mr Alan Sherlock  photo Mr Alan Sherlock Alan has a special interest and expertise in both insurance and maritime…
Mrs Jacintha Tan  photo Mrs Jacintha Tan Jacintha is a Partner in Hesketh Henry’s Property Team.
Ms Kate Telford  photo Ms Kate Telford Kate’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law. Kate…
Mrs Julika Wahlmann-Smith  photo Mrs Julika Wahlmann-Smith Julika is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team.  She advises…
Number of lawyers : 44
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chinese (Cantonese
NZGBA (New Zealand German Business Association)
IPBA (International Pacific Bar Association)
Contacts : Kerry Browne (general manager
Contacts : Christina Bryant (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.

CLIENT: Dr Andreas Hofer, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Zeman Bauelemente GmbH, Vienna, Austria
TESTIMONIAL: On behalf of Zeman machinery company, situated in the green heart of Austria, I have pleasure to
underline the great co-operation with Mr. Erich Bachmann, Partner of Hesketh Henry, a Law company situated in
New Zealand. In the course of our contractual negotiations with Australian and New Zealand clients, Mr. Erich
Bachmann supported us to our entire satisfaction with enormous competence and speedy reaction on our almost
daily requests. The time difference between our countries allowed us to ask questions in the late afternoon and
receive profound replies and legal statements in the morning of our next working day. A fair and well-balanced
compensation for Mr. Bachmann’s support is deemed to round up my best impression about the co-operation with
Mr. Bachmann and his team.

CLIENT: Andrea O’Brien, General Manager – People & Capability
COMPANY/FIRM: Northpower
TESTIMONIAL: We have utilised the services of the Hesketh Henry Employment team for many years now and find
their approach, knowledge and professional support beyond reproach. The team have a very good understanding
of our culture and business and therefore we feel very comfortable with them representing us and work is always
turned around quickly which we feel is important when dealing with employment issues. Most of all, the team are
all very approachable and it’s a pleasure doing work with them. We have no issue recommending Jim, Alison and

CLIENT: Asra Hewitt, Assistant Chief Counsel, New Zealand
TESTIMONIAL: Hesketh Henry’s Employment Team are a valuable trusted business partner of our NZ operations.
The Hesketh Henry Employment Team provide us with commercial, pragmatic and timely employment advice
across a range of matters from the operational and transactional to the sensitive and tricky. The Hesketh Henry
Employment Team are personable, accessible and really good to deal with.

CLIENT: Stephen Diver, Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: SDR is a boutique M&A advisory company dealing in cross-border transactions, typically between
Europe and Asia-Pacific.Hesketh Henry has been engaged on numerous occasions in SDR facilitated transactions
between Germany and New Zealand. The breadth of legal experience and lateral, deal-driven thinking at Hesketh
Henry underpins our preference for this firm. Key European clients such as Assa Abloy, Electrolux, Wuerth,
Dometic and Dekra have been impressed by Mr Erich Bachmann and his team in their swift professional advice –
complete fluency in German has undoubtedly been most useful.

CLIENT: Chris Wright, Head of HR
COMPANY/FIRM: bakertilly Staples Rodway
TESTIMONIAL: We get advice from Jim and Alison and their team for technical advice around a range of employment
matters primarily to assist our clients. We enjoy an excellent relationship with them and always find their advice to be
pragmatic, commercially astute and thorough.

CLIENT: Alan Whitley, President
COMPANY/FIRM: Corrections Association of NZ
TESTIMONIAL: Hesketh and Henry have been providing legal advice and representation to CANZ for over ten years, the
quality of the advice is first class and it is delivered in a way that is easy for us to understand.
Jim Robert’s is the partner that we deal with and we have found him to be very proficient and quick to respond, he and
his associates have a lot of knowledge around the issues we represent fir our members as well as the challenges we face
dealing with NZ’s largest government department.
We are very happy with the services provided by Hesketh Henry and we would happily recommend them as a very
credible and responsive law firm.

CLIENT: Justin Storm, Group Risk Manager
TESTIMONIAL: Hesketh Henry played an important role in resolving the contract issues that we faced. We were guided
through the process expertly and reached a settlement that maintained the parties existing relationship.

CLIENT: Sophie Ball, General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: softtech
TESTIMONIAL: We could not have been happier with Kate’s services – she is intelligent, competent and so pleasant to
deal with. She is highly responsive and she assisted to make our transaction smooth and enjoyable. We really appreciated
her efficiency – she did not overwork our file but equally, we felt as though she was always up to speed, even when her
team was dealing with the day to day detail. We would not hesitate in recommending Kate or the great team she has
around her at Hesketh Henry and we look forward to engaging her services again in the future.

CLIENT: Paul Broome, Commercial Manager NZ & P
COMPANY/FIRM: McConnell Dowell
TESTIMONIAL: Hesketh Henry always provide us with timely pertinent advice and assistance. Their specialist knowledge
and understanding of the construction industry is excellent and is particularly appreciated.

CLIENT: Andrew Hickey, Chief Executive Officer
TESTIMONIAL: The team at Hesketh Henry are great to work with, they provide excellent advice, doing so in an extremely
business friendly way. We work closely with the commercial and the employment teams, and both teams feel like they
are part of our extended team. They guide us through the legal issues, won’t let us fall into traps, but their goal is
ensuring that we get the business outcome we are after. Their advice is practical, meaningful, and commercial. Over the
10 years we have worked together, we have built a strong partnership, they are down to earth people who we trust.
Highly recommended.