Expertise

Trade & Commodities

Overview
Proven legal expertise to keep the wheels of international trade turning

Hesketh Henry supports New Zealand and international businesses engaged with the supply of materials and products around the world. Our trade and commodities lawyers provide practical, timely and cost-effective advice related to all aspects of importing and exporting.

Our trade law specialists have experience dealing with the key commodities traded into and out of New Zealand: agriculture, coal, oil, grains, fertiliser, logs and timber products. Many of them have worked internationally and we regularly advise on agreements and issues involving international counterparties. Simon Cartwright leads this group and has extensive experience – before joining Hesketh Henry he headed the Middle East shipping and commodities practice of an international law firm

The team’s International trade law expertise includes dispute resolution domestically and offshore, joint ventures, contract review and drafting terms and conditions, regulatory issues, insurance claims and product liability, trade finance, mergers and acquisitions and sanctions. We can also assist companies in the import/export sector with all other aspects of their legal advice needs, including employment relations, health and safety and property.

Need advice on Trade & Commodities?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.
Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising an internationally owned forestry products manufacturer in relation to the sale of forestry assets;
  • Advising international importers in relation to the alleged contamination of food products during shipment;
  • Advising an international commodities trader in relation to bio-security issues for the importation of animal feed into NZ;
  • Advising NZ fertiliser importers in connection with the detention of its chartered vessel in South Africa;
  • Advising commodities traders (including sugar, metals, oils and grains) on sale and purchase contract terms, damage to or contamination of goods, trade finance and disputes in international litigation and arbitration;
  • Advising an international log trader in relation to trade finance issues, including advising on sale contract terms.;
  • Advising on trade credit insurance terms and claims arising under trade credit insurance policies;
  • Advising on the design of IP programmes to ensure export regimes of other jurisdictions do not apply to jointly developed technology;
  • Advising on large product recall of safety critical components involving numerous marine vessels in multiple jurisdictions.  All components replaced, with every regulator’s approval, whilst the vessels were docked for regular periodic maintenance;
  • Advising on the joint development of improved production of industrial diamonds by PRC and US interests;
  • Joint Venture between US and UK interests to build and supply Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound vehicles to the UK MOD;
  • Advising on the long term supply agreements for cross border supplies of componentry with applications in a variety of fields including petrochemical, vehicles, aeroplanes, marine vessels, vehicular and personnel body armour, health scanners and implantable medical devices; and
  • Advising a NZ based steel trader and manufacturer on a multi-million dollar demurrage claim under a long term COA following the failure of a mooring buoy in heavy weather.
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Transport team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2018.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2018.

Insights & Opinion / Trade & Commodities

UAE COMPANIES LAW UPDATE
New Zealand businesses looking to establish a foothold in the UAE have many options
10.09.2018 Posted in Trade and Commodities
Sanctions Update: Iran
In May the United States announced the re-imposition of sanctions in relation to trade with Iran
16.08.2018 Posted in Trade and Commodities
Getting the Deal Through: Shipping
Getting the Deal Through works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world
10.10.2017 Posted in Maritime Law
The New Giant – plotting the course between Admiralty and cross border insolvency rules
Admiralty proceedings against a vessel are necessarily territorial in nature. A debtor’s vessel may sail into a certain jurisdiction and be arrested and sold for the benefit of creditors who both ha...
2.05.2014 Posted in Maritime Law
Supply agreements, the things you should know before signing
A supply agreement should be viewed as any other binding legal contract, and should never be entered into lightly.
11.04.2014 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Competing claims scuppered: A ship repairer’s priority rights following the ship’s arrest and sale
Alan Sherlock, Partner at Hesketh Henry, has been involved in a number of Admiralty cases, and has experienced the following recent success. In Babcock Fitzroy Limited v The Ship “The M/V Southern P...
11.08.2012 Posted in Maritime Law
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