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A 360° view of aviation law to keep you on course for success

Hesketh Henry has extensive experience in the aviation law space.  We act for aircraft owners, airlines, airport authorities, logistics companies, aviation insurers and aircraft services providers.

Our domestic and international aviation law specialists can assist with the sale and purchase of aircraft, ownership arrangements, aviation-related facilities and other assets connected to the operation of an aircraft or aviation business. Within our team we have a helicopter specialist, as well as team members experienced with fixed-wing aircraft.  We also have expertise related to landing rights, airspace issues and regulations.

Hesketh Henry’s air law service extends to dispute resolution and insurance claims connected to cargo and the carrying of passengers. Hull damage is another specialised area of aviation insurance we can assist with.

For aviation-centred businesses, we can help with other areas of law (such as health and safety, employment and commercial contracts) to provide one-stop shop convenience.

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

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Prosecuting subrogated recovery claims on behalf of air cargo insurers pursuant to rights under the Warsaw, Guadalajara and Montreal Conventions and related Protocols;
  • Advising on the acquisition of helicopters, including advising on rights to acquire, novation, and variations to original specifications;
  • Advising on the acquisition of a helicopter for a joint venture for commercial use, including advising on complex contractual issues under the joint venture agreement;
  • Advising an international carrier in relation to damage to its aircraft following contact with a tug at Auckland airport;
  • Advising an international airport company in relation to terminal and landing charges;
  • Advising an international carrier on issues arising from air charters to New Zealand; and
  • Advising on the acquisition of an airport and related facilities in New Zealand.
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Insights & Opinion / Aviation

Can Covid-19 frustrate a contract?
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19.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Trade and Transport
Civil Aviation Bill introduced to Parliament
After five years of preparation, the Civil Aviation Bill has been introduced to Parliament.  The aviation industry has seen dramatic change in the three decades since the current Civil Aviation Act w...
30.09.2021 Posted in Trade and Transport
Health and Safety Tiles
When is someone ‘at work’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act?
The High Court has confirmed that to be ‘at work’ for the purposes of the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), a link between the particular activity undertaken and the work of the PCBU is required. If that link is established, any person engaged in the activity will be 'at work' for the purposes of the HSWA.
18.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety
Health and Safety Tiles
The High Court clarifies the liability of ‘officers’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
The High Court has clarified the due diligence duty imposed on ‘officers’ of a PCBU. Due diligence is not limited to obligations of governance, but will depend on the nature of the PCBU and the role the officer occupies in it.
17.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety
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