Expertise

Manufacturing

Overview
Comprehensive, integrated legal services for companies undertaking manufacturing in New Zealand

For manufacturers of all sizes, Hesketh Henry provides one-stop-shop legal services.

Our expertise includes assistance with commercial contracts and supply agreements, insurance, logistics and transport, and legal matters related to construction and property. We can also help you with due diligence and documentation when buying or selling a business, as well as the complex arrangements that often come with leasing premises for your business.

If your business is involved with developing new brands and products, our IP experts can help you to identify and protect your intellectual property, including trademarks. Our specialised senior employment lawyers can assist with employment agreements, employee relationship challenges, collective bargaining and union issues, unfair dismissal and harassment problems, and performance management processes. They can also help during times of change, when company-wide restructuring is necessary.

Litigation related to manufacturing is another Hesketh Henry strength. If your company becomes involved with any kind of dispute or legal action, including those related to health and safety, our law firm can help you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Interest from regulators such as the Commerce Commission can have significant effects on manufacturing businesses, whether in relation to contractual terms, advertising, or product recall issues. We can help guide you through this process –it is critical that this regulatory legal advice is sought at an early stage.

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

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a large manufacturing company on a supply contract with a Chinese manufacturer;
  • Advising international aluminium manufacturers defending alleged material defect claims (material used in the construction of ferries in NZ);
  • Acting for a multi-national manufacturer of rolling stock in relation to the sub-contracting of maintenance services;
  • Advising an internationally owned forestry products manufacturer in relation to its road haulage contracts and marshalling and stevedoring contracts;
  • Advising a large manufacturing company on the sale of its business into a 50/50 joint venture company; we continue to advise the joint venture company on its day-to day commercial activities;
  • Advising a large manufacturing client on the purchase of equipment (for approximately 10 million euros) from an Italian manufacturer;
  • Advising a large manufacturing group in relation to numerous acquisitions and divestment’s;
  • Advising an international supplier of wood products in relation to compliance with standards and fair trading issues;
  • Advising clients in relation to voluntary disclosures to regulators regarding potential breaches of export regulations; and
  • Advising on turn key agreements for the design, construction and commissioning of a significant manufacturing line in the PRC and the associated seven year supply agreement.
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