Hesketh Henry > Auckland, New Zealand > Firm Profile

Hesketh Henry
PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPER TOWER, LEVEL 14
188 QUAY STREET
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

New Zealand > Insurance Tier 2

Hesketh Henry is particularly well known for its focus on insurance matters relating to the construction and transport sectors. It also demonstrates solid capability in professional indemnity and business interruption matters, as well as a steady stream of instructions on statutory liability, health and safe and cyber risk and breaches. The Auckland based four-partner team comprises litigator Alan Sherlock; professional indemnity specialists Helen Macfarlane  and Christina Bryant and Simon Cartwright  who advises on marine insurance. Special counsel Stephanie Corban is recommended for negligence claims and advising on policy coverage issues.

Testimonials

‘We have had exceptional support from Alan Sherlock and Helen Macfarlane. Stephanie Corban has been my main contact and has delivered exceptional legal support across range of different types of files. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hesketh Henry to any person or business needing legal service in the insurance space.’

‘Stephanie Corban and Alan Sherlock have an excellent understanding of the technical aspects of our claims and take a considered approach to resolution.’

‘The insurance team at Hesketh Henry has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in insurance law and litigation. They also have the ability to tap into the other areas of practice within the firm, for example, the property team where there is an insurance issue with an overlay of property law. The team has strong gender diversity. ‘

‘Stephanie Corban is a dependable, diligent lawyer, with a great approach to client care.’

‘In particular Stephanie Corban consistently provides timely, concise and pragmatic advice working through complex issues to deliver a way forward which is best for our business. She has a clear, calm and intellectual approach to all her interactions and is very well respected by everyone she has had dealings with in our organisation. ‘

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

Dual New Zealand Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd (a subsidiary of Suncorp Group) and AA Insurance Ltd in various proceedings before the High Court in relation claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Instructed by AIG to act as defence counsel for claims made against members of a national network of insured law firms.
  • Advised Charterers P & I Club and its assured TPT Shipping Ltd in relation to claims valued at US$15 million and appeared in High Court proceedings and managed proceedings in England.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 2

Hesketh Henry’s practice is headed by Jim Roberts, who is a recognised figure in the employment space. Experienced in all areas of employment law, Roberts regularly advises Trans-Tasman clients from a wide range of sectors on developing and implementing their employment strategies, which include collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights and health and safety. Alison Maelzer is another key figure, advising on contentious and non-contentious employment aspects.

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Testimonials

‘Jim Roberts has over the years provided us with great advice and is easy to deal with and in a manner that we can understand.’

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

Northpower Limited

Chubb Insurance NZ Limited

Behemoth Brewing Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented MetroGlass & Glazing Ltd in the Employment Relations Authority in a matter involving the enforcement of a restraint of trade clause in its employment agreement with a former employee.
  • Advising Suncorp on individual issues, division or team issues, and union issues.
  • Advising CANZ on a range of complex employment relations and compliance matters, as well as assisting with CANZ’s members.

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

Hesketh Henry is known for its ‘very pragmatic and approachable people‘, led by ground lease expert Robert Berry and commercial office development specialist Brian Coburn on the real estate side, and Nick Gillies for construction mandates. The firm’s wider capabilities among the insurance, transport and insolvency sectors ensure a wide-reaching advisory case load, with cases ranging from commercial property acquisitions to high-value project delay claims. Renowned litigators Helen Macfarlane and Christina Bryant reinforce its contentious offering, with a strong track record before the domestic High Courts. Clients also recognise associate Sarah Holderness as ‘incredibly strong on contracts‘, while Glen Holm-Hansen made partner in February 2021.

Testimonials

Good practical, mid-market real estate experience. Good time management and transaction planning by associates.

Hesketh Henry has a diverse team covering a range of legal areas. Sarah Holderness and Stephanie Corban have been brilliant at balancing the practicalities and time pressure of construction issues, maintaining legal work of the highest standard. Excellent industry knowledge specific to contractors. Timely value-for-money advice.

Nick Gillies and Glen Holme-Hansen provide pragmatic and commercially sound legal advice.

Go the extra mile to ensure the service is in line with client requirements. Vast experience (domestically and internationally) and knowledgeable.

We have really enjoyed working with the construction team. We have had support with front-end contract requirements in addition to guidance around potential litigation and managing contract requirements during a project cycle. Different people have provided support and all have been strong.

Sarah Holderness is incredibly strong on construction contracts, with in-depth knowledge of SA2017 and NZS3910. Excellent wordsmith.

A medium-sized practice with extensive specialisation in construction litigation and dispute resolution. Very pragmatic and approachable people in providing legal and strategic advice including Nick Gillies, Glen Holm-Hansen and Helen Macfarlane.

Key clients

Vladi Private Islands GmbH

Richmond Villas Limited

Palms Lifestyle Village Limited

Speldhurst Country Estate Limited

Infinity Enterprises Ltd

Kahawai Point Developments Limited

The General Trust Board of the Diocese of Auckland

St John’s College Trust Board

The Melanesian Mission Trust Board

Doubletree Holdings Limited

AECOM New Zealand Ltd

McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

Fulton Hogan Ltd

Naylor Love Construction Ltd

Form Building & Developments Ltd

CMP Construction Ltd

Russell Group

WSP New Zealand Ltd

Norman Disney & Young Ltd

Mainmark Ground Engineering (NZ) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bowen House Holdings Limited on a development agreement for the redevelopment of the 21-level building at 1 Bowen Street Wellington, including the negotiation of a new lease of the building with Parliamentary Corporation to commence following the completion of the development work.
  • Advised The General Trust Board of the Diocese of Auckland on the granting of a long-term pre-paid ground lease of land close to historic and category 1 protected buildings and trees to a developer to enable a high-rise development.
  • Advised Speldhurst Country Estate Limited on best market practice options for changing its contractual terms for offering occupation rights to units

New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 2

Focused on the shipping and logistics sectors, Hesketh Henry has a strong record in transactional and contentious matters, many of them with an international element. Clients praise its ‘strength in New Zealand admiralty law’ and board multi-jurisdictional expertise. Dual-qualified England and New Zealand maritime lawyer Simon Cartwright offers practical advice and solutions’; he works alongside Alan Sherlock, a specialist in marine insurance, and transactional lawyer Ruth Allcoat.

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Testimonials

‘Strength in NZ admiralty law and practice as well as admiralty law in other jurisdictions like UK and UAE.’

‘Approachable and clear communications International knowledge Practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘Reliable, knowledgeable, contactable and responsive.’

‘Simon Cartwright, knowledgeable in maritime and insurance law; able to offer practical advice and solutions.’

Key clients

Charterers P&I Club

TPT Shipping Limited (in administration)

Vero

Work highlights

  • Advised Charterers P&I Club and its assured TPT Shipping Ltd on its response to a number of claims made by vessel operators in relation to letters of indemnity.
  • Representing an international shipping liner company in defence proceedings against a claim brought by New Zealand cargo owners and insurers in the New Zealand High Court.
  • Representing the owner of a heritage Camper & Nicholson yacht in claims against the repair yard that carried out work to replace the anti-fouling on the hull in 2013.

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hesketh Henry’s advisory services are ‘always timely and pragmatic, with definitive outcomes’. The team advises corporates, SME’s and private equity funds on trans-Tasman M&A, leveraged buy outs, management buy outs and venture capital investments. Erich Bachmann has over 30 years’ experience in corporate law and is the go-to counsel for foreign clients, in particular investors from Germany and other German-speaking nations in relation to M&A, investments and business contracts. Kate Telford also has extensive experience in advising clients in relation to acquisitions, disposals, and investment as part of the Overseas Investment Act. Senior associates Sarah Gibbs and Julika Wahlmann-Smith are both ‘knowledgeable, efficient, pragmatic and timely.’

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Testimonials

‘Julika Wahlmann-Smith manages the overall account very well and has a wide knowledge of corporate legal matters. ‘

‘Kate Telford has an in depth knowledge of our firm’s constitution and rules and is my first contact for any question from shareholders. She takes into account all aspects of any problem and provides answers that considers all parties and provides insights I wouldn’t have normally considered.’

‘Hesketh Henry provide a range of solutions for us. They are a collaborative firm who understand our business acutely and know how to get the best outcome for our legal issues.’

‘The services from Hesketh Henry are always timely and pragmatic, with definitive outcomes. The various personnel make an effort to understand your business and then overlay their extensive legal expertise for an optimal result. Always available, they go the extra mile every time. Nothing is a bother.’

‘Erich Bachmann and Sarah Gibbs are knowledgeable, efficient, pragmatic and timely, they are always available to offer their services’

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

Work highlights

  • Advising China Animal Husbandry Group, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, in relation to the partial divestment of its shareholding interests in Southland dairy processer Mataura Valley Milk Limited to a2 Milk Company Limited, an NZX-listed company.
  • Advised the shareholders of Soft Tech (NZ) Limited in relation to the sale of their shares in Soft Tech to a new entity, ST Bidco Limited, owned 100% by Compusoft AS.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hesketh Henry demonstrates ‘vast experience’ in disputes involving its key sectors of speciality; construction, insurance, trade and transport, employment and trusts. Alison Maelzer chairs the practice, which includes Christina Bryant and Nick Gillies , advising on contentious property and construction cases. Helen Macfarlane and newly promoted partner, Glen Holm-Hansen also undertake an increasing amount of insurance and insolvency-related work, in addition to their main specialty, construction.          

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Testimonials

‘Deep and broad knowledge of dispute resolution options. Provision of pragmatic and commercially sensible legal advice.’

‘Depth of experience in construction disputes.’

‘Nick Gillies – knows the law, knows the market and knows how to address and resolve disputes.

‘Go the extra mile to ensure the service we get is in line with our requirements. Vast experience (domestically and internationally).’

Key clients

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

Juken New Zealand Limited

AECOM New Zealand Ltd

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted Savvy Vineyard in the enforcement of large-volume grape supply agreements, including two successful appeals to the Supreme Court settling NZ law on assignment and novation and addressing novel issues regarding rights to damages when a lower court judgment is reversed on appeal.
  • Successfully defended Infinity Enterprises in a claim to an unregistered right of way over a commercial property development. The claim raised complex issues concerning the survival of equitable rights to land in a Torrens system, and the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judgments in our client’s favour are now leading authorities in this area.
  • Acted for TPT Shipping prior to it being placed into administration in response to demand letters being issued against it arising out of alleged misdelivery claims of log cargo from New Zealand to India totalling over $15m (USD) and multiple injunctions being sought against it contemporaneously.
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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 and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Erich Bachmann photoMr Erich BachmannErich is a senior partner of the firm and heads the Business…
Robert Berry photoMr Robert BerryRobert is a Partner in the Commercial Property team at Hesketh Henry.  …
Christina Bryant photoMrs Christina BryantChristina is the Managing Partner of Hesketh Henry and practises in the…
Simon Cartwright photoMr Simon CartwrightSimon is a partner at Hesketh Henry and is a transport and…
Brian Coburn photoMr Brian CoburnBrian is a Partner in the Commercial Property team.
Stephanie Corban photoMrs Stephanie CorbanStephanie is a Special Counsel in the disputes team, with a particular…
Nick Gillies photoMr Nick GilliesNick is a partner in the Disputes Team, and is a specialist…
John Kirkwood photoMr John KirkwoodJohn Kirkwood is a partner in Hesketh Henry’s Private Wealth Team
Hak Jun Lee photoMr Hak Jun LeeHak Jun is a partner in the property team.  He heads up…
Helen Macfarlane photoMs Helen MacfarlaneHelen is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She…
Alison Maelzer photoMrs Alison MaelzerAlison is a Partner at Hesketh Henry.   She specialises in employment…
Brett Morley photoMr Brett MorleyBrett is a Consultant in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at…
Jim Roberts photoMr Jim RobertsJim is a Partner at Hesketh Henry. Jim specialised in Employment law.
Jodi Sharman photoMrs Jodi SharmanJodi is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team…
Alan Sherlock photoMr Alan SherlockAlan has a special interest and expertise in both insurance and maritime…
Jacintha Tan photoMrs Jacintha TanJacintha is a Partner in Hesketh Henry’s Property Team.
Kate Telford photoMs Kate TelfordKate’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law. Kate…
Julika Wahlmann-Smith photoMrs Julika Wahlmann-SmithJulika is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team.  She advises…
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Contacts : Kerry Browne (general manager kerry.browne@heskethhenry.co.nz)
Contacts : Christina Bryant (managing partner christina.bryant@heskethhenry.co.nz)

CLIENT: Andrea O’Brien
COMPANY/FIRM: Northpower Limited
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, which to us is very important when dealing with employment issues. Most recently they have supported us as we navigate our way through employment law and a pandemic, incredibly helpful and insightful with information and advice.

The team are all very approachable and it’s a pleasure doing work with them. We have no issue recommending Jim, Alison and team.


CLIENT: Juan (Floyd) du Plessis
COMPANY/FIRM: Corrections Association of New Zealand TESTIMONIAL: The Corrections Association of NZ have been using Hesketh Henry for their legal advice and representation for the last 12 years. Over that time, they have proven to be an invaluable resource and support for our 3,500 plus members, providing advice on a range of employment related matters, from restructures, health and safety matters, CEA negotiation advice to Employment Authority and Court cases. They have provided us with sound, professional and timely advice in a manner that is easily understood.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory vaccination orders that came as part of that, the research, work, and advice to the union from Hesketh Henry was exemplary and has enabled us to properly engage with the NZ Department of Corrections, as the employer, as well as respond to questions from our members.


CLIENT: Catherine Dixon
COMPANY/FIRM: Suncorp Group New Zealand Limited TESTIMONIAL: We have strong and trusted relationships with the HH employment team. They provide high quality advice even when we are under time pressure and the level of guidance provided is appropriate to the situation because they understand our risk appetite and the culture of our business well. This is further enabled by a regular and exceptionally helpful rhythm of engagement which provides an overview of open engagements and allows discussion on emerging workforce considerations and the legislative climate. Further value is created from HH hosting regular (free) seminars on case law and emerging trends that are open to all members of the team to attend.


CLIENT: Chris Wright
COMPANY/FIRM: Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Auckland Limited TESTIMONIAL: It is a pleasure to work with Jim, Alison and the Hesketh Henry Employment Team. What sets them apart is the legal rigour they apply to any situation along with the commercially pragmatic advice they provide. Their assistance with a range of legal issues for ourselves and our clients has been great appreciated and their informative legal webinars keep us on to date on all the important topics. Having worked with them for over 6 years I have confidence in their knowledge and judgement.


CLIENT: Marisa Bidois
COMPANY/FIRM: Restaurant Association
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with the team at Hesketh Henry for more then 20 years, particularly the Employment Law team lead by Jim Roberts. Over this time, Jim and the team have consistently exceeded our expectations in terms the quality of advice but also the care taken with all our matters. The experience and expertise in the team is of the highest standard and quality. Over the last eighteen months we have dealt with uncharted waters in terms of challenges businesses have faced, from implementing vaccine mandates to businesses being temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions, you name it our sector has faced it. The team at Hesketh Henry have been there every step of the way to guide and support us through these unprecedented times and I could not have asked for a better team to help us navigate these times and beyond.


CLIENT: Hilary Lyons
COMPANY/FIRM: Suncorp
TESTIMONIAL: Hesketh Henry has a specialist insurance law team who provide valued legal work and support to our business. Their advice is always well considered, thorough and takes into account our commercial interests.


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
team.


CLIENT: Asra Hewitt, Assistant Chief Counsel, New Zealand
COMPANY/FIRM: AECOM
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
COMPANY/FIRM: SDR Ltd
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Naylor Love
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Intermed
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.


Hesketh Henry has served domestic and international clients since 1865. We are located in downtown Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand.

With 18 partners and 35 other legal professionals, the firm has the scale and depth to handle significant and complex matters.

Hesketh Henry is focused on being sector specialists in the fields of construction, insurance, property, insolvency, trade & transport, employment, health & safety, private wealth, regulatory and business advice.

Hesketh Henry’s memberships and international associations include:

  • Many lawyers have international experience, and are connected to international lawfirms and organisations The firm is a member of ADVOC, a leading network of independent law firms in more than 70 countries worldwide and also the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), an alliance of lawyers with expertise and experience in advertising, marketing and promotion law representing more than 80 countries throughout the world.
  • The firm is a member of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, the biggest bilateral European Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. Partner Erich Bachmann is the immediate past-President and a current board member of the organisation. He is also Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Auckland and was awarded the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of Germany in September 2018.
  • Partner Hak Jun Lee heads Hesketh Henry’s Asian practice. Hak Jun is the honorary legal counsel for the Korean Consulate Office in Auckland New Zealand; He is the advisor for Auckland and Busan (Korea) Sister City relations; is a regional governor for IAKL (International Associations of Korean Lawyers) and is a member of both the IPBA (Inter Pacific Bar Association); and the Korean New Zealand Business Council.
  • Hesketh Henry is a member of the ASEAN Business Council of New Zealand, a business council connecting New Zealand businesses with ASEAN trading partners. The point of contact for the ASEAN Business Council is Ben Hickson, Senior Associate who rejoined Hesketh Henry in 2021, having spent 7 years working as a corporate lawyer in South East Asia for international law firms.
  • Partner Simon Cartwright is a transport and trade law specialist, with expertise in international shipping, marine insurance, logistics, commodities trading, trade finance and International debt recovery. He acts for domestic and international shipowners, operators, exporters and importers, logistics companies, P & I Clubs, marine underwriters and commodities traders.
  • The firm is a member of the NZ Fiji Business Council, a membership organization which fosters links between businesses in Fiji and New Zealand. The point of contact for the NZ Fiji Business Council is Senior Associate Ben
    Hickson, who is experienced in working in emerging markets and on cross border transactions.
  • The firm is also a member of the British New Zealand Business Association and AmCham NZ.

Hesketh Henry joint operations or “Best Friend” network include:

  • Senior Associate Ben Hickson rejoined Hesketh Henry from the South East Asia Corporate & M&A team at Stephenson Harwood LLP (based in Singapore and Myanmar), and this link has led to a close working / ‘best friend’ relationship between the firms. The firms have worked together on several matters in the past 6 months and prepared joint marketing initiatives, including Ben Hickson and Erich Bachmann participating as panel speakers on
    Stephenson Harwood’s “Foreign direct investment focus” webinar series in late 2021.

Examples of previous/existing clients which demonstrate a diverse, global reach

Singapore: Hesketh Henry’s corporate team has recently advised international counsel Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance with respect to New Zealand law aspects of BW Group’s large scale acquisition of 100% of Hawaiki Submarine Cable and International Connectivity Services (Hawaiki). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The Hawaiki Submarine Cable is the largest and fastest cross-sectional fibre optic cable between the United States and Oceania (which links 15,000 km between landing stations in Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii and the west coast of the US).

Fiji: Our Fiji work conducted over the last 2 decades includes:

  • Acting for Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH) in relation to its listing on the South Pacific Stock Exchange (Fiji) in 2001.
  • Legal advisors to ATH in relation to commercial agreements between industry participants arising from the deregulation of the telecommunications sector in Fiji facilitated by World Bank appointed legal mediators and the Government of the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
  • Acting for ATH and its subsidiary, Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) in connection with the acquisition of the shares held by Cable & Wireless (UK) in FINTEL Limited
  • Advising ATH and TFL in connection with corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Advising a New Zealand entity on its merger with the infrastructure arm of a large Fijian entity (holding diversified interests across the Pacific Islands).

Korea: Hesketh Henry provides legal advice to a number of Korean clients who have offices in New Zealand, including

  • Advising and preparing tender documents for Hyundai – Rotem in relation to subcontracting the maintenance service of Wellington’s railroad.
  • Advising and acting for Kookmin Bank, the largest registered bank in Korea, for their New Zealand operations.
  • Assisting a Korean investor on the development of a major film studio in Auckland in conjunction with ATEED ( Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) which is now attracting multiple Hollywood film makers.

People’s Republic of China: The firm’s corporate team recently advised China Animal Husbandry Group (a Chinese state-owned enterprise) in relation to the partial disposal of its interest in dairy nutrition processing company Mataura Valley Milk Limited to dual ASX/NZX listed company A2 Milk.

Germany: Hesketh Henry’s corporate team worked closely with German law firm CMS Hasche Sigle on the sale of the shares in German company Neuseeland Haus GmbH to New Zealand/Malaysian owned Manuka Health New Zealand Limited.

The firm also acted for Germany’s largest testing organisation in the automotive sector in the acquisition of a majority stake in New Zealand’s leading automotive testing service provider.

Japan: The firm advised the New Zealand subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange listed company Wood One Co., Ltd in relation to its extensive forestry and timber processing operations in New Zealand.

Other: Advising the shareholders of Soft Tech (NZ) Limited in relation to the sale of their shares in the company to Norwegian company Compusoft AS which is part of Compusoft Group (owned by leading globally private equity firm, TA Associates).