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.
Key Contacts
The Transport team are recognised in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Simon Cartwright as a 'Leading Individual' in the Transport (rail, road, air and sea) practice area.
Partner Simon Cartwright "Top Ranked" in The Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 legal directory.
Simon is individually recommended by Doyle's as a "Preeminent" Transport lawyer - New Zealand, 2021.

Insights & Opinion / Logistics and Transport

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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
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 & COVID-19
Can Covid-19 frustrate a contract?
Introduction  Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the transport sector, in particular the aviation industry. It has been common for parties affected by Covid-19 to assert that it amounts to a fo...
19.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Trade and Transport
Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International Ltd – To Reject or Not Reject? Purchaser in Breach when Rejecting Off-Specification Fuel
The English Commercial Court in Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm) has held that an oil trader who rejected off-specification cargo wrongfully repudiated the contract, as the specification requirement in the contract was an intermediate term and not a condition.
16.11.2021 Posted in Disputes & Trade and Transport
CMA CGM Libra – General Average Claim Defeated
English Supreme Court confirms defective passage planning made vessel unseaworthy – cargo interests not liable for GA contribution
16.11.2021 Posted in Disputes & Trade and Transport
Parliament to address Air Pollution from Ships, Finally!
Update: The Maritime Transport (MARPOL) Amendment Bill underwent its third reading on 9 November 2021.  Having successfully progressed through its third reading, it now awaits royal assent.  This sh...
11.11.2021 Posted in Climate Change & Trade and Transport
When Contracts Contradict: Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Ltd
Contracts in international trade are often formed by a combination of emails recording expressly agreed terms, but with a reference to standard terms and conditions being incorporated.
02.09.2021 Posted in Disputes & Trade and Transport
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