Expertise

Business Advice

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.

Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Business Advice

Penalties imposed for a single phone call attempting to enter a price-fixing agreement
The High Court in Commerce Commission v Specialised Container Services (Christchurch) Ltd recently imposed pecuniary penalties under the Commerce Act 1986 (the Act) for an attempt to enter into a pric...
07.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Regulatory
Update – August/September 2021 Lockdown – what financial support is available?
The Government is offering various support schemes to help employees and businesses cope with the 2021 COVID-19 Lockdown.  Given the differing eligibility requirements it is easy to become overwhelmed.
07.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
How low can you go?  Commerce Commission’s prosecution against Bunnings dismissed
The District Court recently dismissed the Commerce Commission’s case against Bunnings for alleged misleading and deceptive representations under the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA). In dismissing the Co...
Alert Level 3; Hi-ho, hi-ho, back to work we go?
In Auckland, we’re excited to be moving to Alert Level 3, if only so we can take a break from cooking every single meal! 
21.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
M&A Pricing Mechanics: Completion Accounts vs Locked Box
A critical period in the timeline of any M&A share transaction is the period between signing the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement and completion.
New Fair Trading Act provisions spark need to review small trade contracts
The Fair Trading Amendment Bill received Royal Assent on 16 August 2021 and is now the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 (Amendment Act).  The Amendment Act amends the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA), with...
Employment Relations Authority Finds Dismissal of Unvaccinated Border Worker to be Justified
On 1 September 2021, The Employment Relations Authority (Authority) determined in GF v New Zealand Customs Service [2021] NZERA 382, that the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) was justified in its...
10.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
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