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
The Transport team has been recognised in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Trade & Commodities

Entitlement to Indemnity under Marine Transit Insurance
The decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia in Swashplate Pty Ltd v Liberty Mutual Insurance Company trading as Liberty International Underwriters addresses the issue of when risk attaches pur...
Singapore Convention comes into force
The Singapore Mediation Convention has now entered into force, creating a comprehensive framework for the enforcement of international mediation settlement agreements.
COVID-19 and the Future of Force Majeure
Not since Y2K have force majeure clauses been of so much focus.
COVID-19: Yachting update
The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on the marine industry.  In this briefing, we summarise the current situation for the yachting sector in New Zealand and the Pacific. New Ze...
20.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law
COVID-19: It’s not plain sailing for yacht owners
These are challenging and uncertain times and we wanted to provide a briefing on some of the issues yacht owners may be experiencing during the current lockdown. Do you have a mortgage over your yacht...
16.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law & Trade and Commodities
New Era for International Dispute Resolution?
A common issue for New Zealand companies engaging in international trade and dealing with foreign counterparties is how and where to resolve disputes and ensuring payment is received when the dispute ...
Getting the Deal Through: Shipping
Getting the Deal Through works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world
03.09.2019 Posted in Maritime Law & Trade and Commodities
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