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Overview
Whatever the size of your business, we’ll give you expert, quick and affordable legal advice

When you need legal advice and services for commercial activities in New Zealand, Hesketh Henry is ready to help. We have specialists for every legal aspect of setting up a business, selling and buying a business, commercial contracts, intellectual property, banking and finance, business governance and consumer law.

Within the broader picture of New Zealand corporate law firms, Hesketh Henry is an ideal size to deliver timely, expert advice that’s affordable. Our firm is small enough to provide senior partner-level input when it matters; think of us as your local business lawyer. At the same time, we’re a business law firm that’s big enough to have the resources required for major challenges, urgent issues and fast-moving opportunities.

We are a gateway to New Zealand and carry out a great deal of work for companies looking to invest and work in New Zealand – please see our Foreign Investment page here for more information.

Need advice?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.
Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a construction company in relation to various incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures with third parties;
  • Acting for a joint venture party on a significant manufacturing venture in the agriculture sector for the end to end production, manufacture, packaging and export of products;
  • Advising a leading technology company on the tendering process and contract terms for three separate streams of work for the upgrade of a major sports stadium;
  • Advising a New Zealand-based green energy company on the terms of a NEC Engineering and Construction contract for the design and build of an off-shore solar farm;
  • Advising a leading offshore player in the waste and waste water management sector in relation to its establishment of a joint venture in New Zealand; and
  • Advising a multi-national hair care company on the termination of the agreement with their New Zealand distributor.
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Business team ranked Tier 3 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2021.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Erich Bachmann as a 'Leading Individual' in the Corporate and M&A practice area.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.

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Insights & Opinion / Business Advice

“Recklessness” under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
The High Court has clarified the elements of the offence of reckless conduct in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
When is someone ‘at work’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act?
The High Court has confirmed that to be ‘at work’ for the purposes of the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), a link between the particular activity undertaken and the work of the PCBU is required. If that link is established, any person engaged in the activity will be 'at work' for the purposes of the HSWA.
18.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety Law
Employment Law Considerations for Buying or Selling a Business
The people in a business often make the business, so if you are planning to buy or sell a business, it is important that you understand your employment law obligations in relation to employees.
17.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
Employment Court Deems Uber Driver a Contractor
Although immensely popular due to its user friendly interface and low prices, the Uber Group is facing challenges to its business model worldwide.  Issues about the rights of Uber’s drivers have be...
12.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
Increase in sick leave entitlement – what you need to know
The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced in December 2020 and passed its First Reading on 1 December 2020. With the government’s clear majority, the Bill is anti...
02.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
The Commerce Commission is set to undertake a market study into the Retail Grocery Sector
On 17 November 2020 the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced a market study into the retail grocery sector through the Commerce Commission under Part 3A of the Commerce Act 1986 (Act)....
Court of Appeal cuts fine for Steel & Tube’s breaches of the Fair Trading Act 
The Court of Appeal in Commerce Commission v Steel & Tube Holdings Limited [2020] NZCA 549 has set aside last year’s High Court decision under the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) where it imposed a ...
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