Ms Helen Macfarlane > Hesketh Henry > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Hesketh Henry
New Zealand

Work Department

Construction, Insurance, Property


Helen is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She has strong expertise in construction litigation, professional indemnity insurance and property disputes including rent review arbitrations. In the construction field, Helen also has front-end expertise in contract drafting and advice.


Helen was admitted as a barrister in London in 1987 completing pupillage at Fountain Court Chambers in 1988 before moving to New York where she worked as a litigation attorney for 15 years with a leading US and international law firm Shearman and Sterling, specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. Helen was admitted to the bar of the State of New York in 1989 and to practice before the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit (federal appellate court). Helen joined Hesketh Henry in 2007 as a Senior Associate and in 2017 was appointed partner.


New Zealand Law Society AMINZ New Zealand Society of Construction Law


BA Juris Oxon (Oxford equivalent of LLB) 1985 BA major English, minor Political Studies (Auckland 1980) MA philosophy 1st Class Hons (Auckland 1983)

Lawyer Rankings

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.

New Zealand > Insurance

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.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

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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