Sarah Holderness

Sarah Holderness, Auckland Lawyer, Hesketh HenryCONTACT DETAILS

T: + 64 9 375-8778
F: + 64 9 365-5278
M: + 64 275 300 589


BSc/LLB (Hons)

ADMITTED: December 2010
Sarah Holderness is a Senior Solicitor in the Litigation and Disputes Resolution team.

Sarah joined Hesketh Henry as a graduate and was admitted to the bar in December 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland.
Sarah assists with a variety of contentious matters, such as defective building claims, professional indemnity claims, contract disputes and debt recoveries.  She has also recently completed a seven month secondment with the New Zealand office of a multinational engineering firm, gaining considerable experience with front end construction project work.
Examples of work:
  • Reviewing both consultancy services and construction contracts, advising on commercial risks, contract terms, and drafting.
  • Defending a subcontractor in a proceeding involving a large apartment complex, multiple parties, and a variety of design and construction issues.
  • Acting for a charitable trust board on an appeal from the Maori Appellate Court to the Court of Appeal concerning two related trusts of which the charitable trust board was a beneficiary.
  • Assisting with the defence of a developer company and its director in a multi-party construction claim involving subsiding properties.
  • Assisting with professional indemnity claims against firms of solicitors.
  • Preparing Admiralty claims in rem against vessels, including applications for their arrest.
  • Assisting with proceedings in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.
  • Advising various companies and individuals on debt recovery matters, acting in summary judgment proceedings, and appearing for creditors in bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Construction Law (New Zealand),  Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and Women's International Shipping & Trading Association.


  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Society of Construction Law (New Zealand)


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