Maritime Lawyer, Hesketh Henry


Hesketh Henry has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field of maritime law.  We act for a range of parties including vessel owners and operators, repairers, shipbrokers, part agents, P&I Clubs and marine insurers, both in New Zealand and overseas. 
Alan Sherlock heads the maritime law practice at Hesketh Henry, and has been identified by the prestigious international directory Chambers Asia-Pacific as a leader in the field of maritime law.  Hesketh Henry has also been named as highly recommended in the shipping, maritime and aviation field of practice in Asialaw Profiles 2017, with Alan Sherlock being individually highlighted in the publication.
Our major areas of practice include:
  • charterparty disputes;
  • cargo claims;
  • advice on contract terms;
  • marine insurance claims;
  • ship engine and machinery claims;
  • ship arrest / Admiralty proceedings;
  • general average; and
  • salvage
Examples of our work include
  • Obtaining leave to continue in rem proceedings against a vessel notwithstanding the shipping company’s intervening administration and the effect of the Insolvency (Cross-Border) Act 2006.

  • Enforcing a possessory lien over the sale proceeds of a vessel in priority to the ship’s mortgagee.

  • Defending a claim that deficiencies in the repair of the stern seal and exhaust system on a luxury 120 foot sailing yacht led to the yacht being unable to reach safe harbour in time and thereby suffering extensive damage from passing through a tropical cyclone.  The claim was settled on advantageous terms part way through a four week trial.

  • Acting for the owners of a cargo vessel in respect of salvage, general average and hull insurance issues following the vessel grounding on a reef while under guidance by tugs.

  • Prosecuting a claim against repairers in respect of the breakage of a connecting rod and consequent disintegration of a super yacht main engine.



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