Hesketh Henry’s team of experts are on hand to provide sound practical advice in relation to all legal aspects of the forestry sector

Hesketh Henry’s team of experts are on-hand to provide sound practical advice to all aspects of the forestry sector.  We act for local and international clients operating across the forestry sector and our forestry team regularly provides advice on transactional and contentious matters in this area.

Our services include advising on:

  • Acquisition and disposal of forestry assets, including overseas investment
  • Carbon leases
  • Crown forestry licences
  • Stumpage related matters
  • Access and roading rights for forestry projects
  • Health and safety
  • Log supply agreements
  • Forestry management contracts
  • Harvesting contracts
  • International sale agreements
  • Carriage contracts
  • Services contracts (including marshalling, stevedoring, and de-barking)
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Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising vendor syndicates in relation to forestry joint venture arrangements as well as the sale and purchase of forestry interests
  • Advising on the sale of forestry assets and the assignment of associated forestry licences
  • Conducting legal due diligence on the property aspects of forestry acquisitions, including complex title reviews and LIM reviews
  • Assisting with overseas investment applications for the acquisition of forestry assets
  • Drafting and advising on forestry right and licence documentation to replace Crown Forestry Licenses following return of land to Maori
  • Drafting and advising on log supply agreements
  • Drafting and advising on give and take agreements
  • Advising on contracts for marshalling and stevedoring services
  • Drafting contracts for the international carriage of goods
  • Advising on international sales contracts for logs
  • Advising on H & S claims (both WorkSafe and Maritime NZ)
  • Advised and represented a mill owner in response to WorkSafe enforcement action
  • Advised on the health and safety aspects of forestry access
  • Supported the review and implementation of drug and alcohol policies
  • Advised on the contractor management system


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