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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
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Insights & Opinion / Business Advice

How to break up with a suspected money launderer: High Court Guidance
The High Court has provided guidance on how to end a business relationship with a suspected money launderer.
15.04.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Regulatory
What happens if my employee refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
While there are enough COVID-19 vaccinations to inoculate each New Zealander, it has been reported that some ‘frontline’ workers have refused to get vaccinated, or have failed to attend vaccinatio...
14.04.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Bereavement Leave Confirmed for Miscarriages and Stillbirths 
New Zealand has become the second country in the world to pass legislation that provides bereavement leave for mothers and their partners after a miscarriage or stillbirth.
26.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Guarantees must be in writing and signed to be enforceable
For a guarantee to be enforceable, the requirements set out in section 27 of the Property Law Act 2007 (Act) must be strictly complied with.  This is what the NZSC held in Brougham v Regan. The key i...
19.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice
COVID-19 – Government support explained
With a myriad of government benefits available to help employees and businesses cope with the COVID-19 lockdowns, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the differing eligibility requirements and vario...
04.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Demolishing the “I’m not a PCBU” defence
In WorkSafe New Zealand v Dong SH Auckland Limited [2020] NZHC 3368, the High Court considered the statutory concept of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU).  The facts of the prosecu...
04.03.2021 Posted in Health & Safety
The impact of lockdown on the Minimum Wage Act: the Employment Court judgment in Gate Gourmet
In Sandhu v Gate Gourmet New Zealand Ltd, Gate Gourmet challenged the Employment Relations Authority’s determination that the protections under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 (MWA) applied to its employe...
03.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
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