Trade & Transport

Logistics and Transport

Specialised legal support for the movement of goods domestically and internationally

Hesketh Henry’s heavyweight experience in the aviation, marine, and land transport sectors make us a natural choice for progressive and successful providers who are in the market for a specialised logistics law firm.

The transportation of materials and products is fundamental to the health of New Zealand’s economy and the smooth functioning of core industries.  New Zealand depends heavily on transport networks that link our ports, cities, towns and rural communities, so the effective planning and delivery of rail and road infrastructure projects is essential for the nation’s economy.  These projects always require legal input, which demand expert knowledge of transportation law in New Zealand.

Hesketh Henry’s logistics law expertise helps to keep things moving efficiently and cost-effectively by protecting the reputation, reliability and financial viability of companies operating in the logistics and transport sector.

We work closely with freight and logistics operators to review contracts and agreements, draft terms and conditions, resolve disputes and advise on insurance claims.  Our logistics lawyers work with transport-related businesses operating in domestic and international markets, across all modes for the carriage of cargo – air, sea, road and rail, and in relation to the warehousing / storage of goods..  Transportation of goods can be complex, involving multiple handlers and different jurisdictions.  Contractual arrangements need to carefully drafted. Efficient processes for logistics claims and speedy resolution of disputes are also crucial.

In addition to law services directly related to logistics, we can assist with other areas of law – such as health and safety, employment, mergers and acquisitions, property – to provide one-stop shop convenience.

Need advice on Logistics and Transport?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • 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 on the acquisition of a domestic logistics company (warehousing and distribution);
  • Advising a computer and technology products distributor on its logistics services contract (warehousing and distribution);
  • Acting for wholesalers and retailers negotiating contracts for the provision of logistics services;
  • Advising an international logistics company regarding health and safety regulations; and
  • Advising an international logistics provider to the oil and gas industry on a master services agreement.
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Insights & Opinion / Logistics and Transport

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Anticipatory Repudiatory Breach and the Date of Default: Ayhan Sezer v Agroinvest
The decision in Ayhan Sezer v Agroinvest [2024] EWHC 479 (Comm) clarifies that where there has been an anticipatory repudiatory breach of contract, the “date of default” is the date of the breach ...
25.06.2024 Posted in Trade and Transport
It’s not “all care, no responsibility”
Director prosecuted for health and safety failures arising from fire that caused significant damage to cargo ship.
29.05.2023 Posted in Health & Safety & Trade and Transport
The IMO Unified Interpretation on the Test to Break a Shipowner’s Right to Limit Liability
A central feature of the maritime limitation regime is a shipowner’s right to limit liability for maritime claims based on the tonnage of the vessel, granted in exchange for the acceptance of strict...
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Forestry in 2023: Things to look out for this year
Our Forestry team considers a few things to look out for this year in the legal landscape of one of New Zealand’s most important industries: Developments in land use management regime applicable to...
Russia, Sanctions, and Force Majeure: MUR Shipping BV v RTI Ltd
It is common for force majeure clauses to define a “force majeure event” as being one that cannot reasonably be prevented by the parties. The wording may differ among clauses, but the requirement ...
21.09.2022 Posted in Disputes & Trade and Transport
Colluding to stop collusion: competition agencies are working together to detect competition issues in global supply chains
Covid-19 has caused significant issues for supply chains and in some instances, business have cooperated responsibly to ensure New Zealand continues to be supplied with essential goods and services.
28.03.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport
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Supply Shortages are Here to Stay – Managing Cost Escalation under NZS 3910:2013
Over the past year, New Zealand has experienced a significant increase in the cost of construction, primarily from Covid-19 related disruptions.  Supply chain constraints combined with booming domest...
04.03.2022 Posted in Construction
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