Legal advice and services linked to maritime law is a core area of expertise for Hesketh Henry. Our marine lawyers are leaders in their speciality and have extensive domestic and international experience. They advise across both contentious and transactional aspects of maritime business – providing commercially-driven, efficient, cost-effective recommendations.
Our marine clients include vessel owners and operators, logistics companies, ship repairers, shipbrokers, port agents, service providers, P&I Clubs and marine insurers, both in New Zealand and internationally.
The two senior partners managing our maritime law practice, Simon Cartwright and Alan Sherlock, have extensive experience with Admiralty and maritime law. Before joining Hesketh Henry, Simon headed the Middle East shipping and commodities practice of an international law firm, where he was rated in band 1 and as a leading individual in both the Chambers and Legal 500 directories. Alan is an expert in both maritime and insurance law, acting for insurers and commercial shipping enterprises. He is recommended in both the Asialaw and Chambers Asia Pacific legal directories. In addition, the firm’s Employment partner, Jim Roberts, is a former deck officer with experience on a variety of vessels including container, RoRo, bulk, general cargo, oil tankers, LPG tankers and multi-purpose offshore support vessels. Few maritime law firms can match our time at sea. The team is complemented by construction expert Nick Gillies, who has experience advising in relation to ship build / repair contracts.
The scope of Hesketh Henry’s marine law practice is comprehensive and without equal in New Zealand. We can help with charter party disputes, cargo claims, advice on marine contract terms, marine insurance (coverage advice and claims), hull and machinery claims, and ship sale and purchase and finance. We can also assist with any type of maritime dispute, ship arrest and Admiralty proceedings, collisions and groundings, maritime salvage law, and ship building and repair contracts.