Hesketh Henry celebrates success with 18 lawyers listed in the 2021 Legal500 directory

Hesketh Henry has 18 lawyers listed in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for their standout contributions to their respective practices.

Firm rankings

We are proud to have been acknowledged as a leading New Zealand law firm in the following fields:


Partners, Alan Sherlock and, Helen Macfarlane are recommended along with Consultant, Brett Morley and Special Counsel, Stephanie Corban.

Our clients have the following to say; The firm has a very capable team with extensive industry knowledge and experience,” “Hesketh Henry has proven to be excellent for contract works matters in first – and third-party claims”.


Partners, Nick Gillies noted as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ with Christina Bryant, and Helen Mcfarlane recommended and key lawyer Glen Holm-Hansen recognised.

Our construction team is lead by specialist construction lawyer, Nick Gillies. Clients say; “The team has real life experience of working in the sector, so has impressive depth of sector knowledge.  Partners Nick Gillies, Helen Mcfarlane, and senior associate Glen Holm-Hansen stand out.” “They provide pragmatic and commercially astute legal advice and show a willingness to engage and consider alternative solutions.”



Partners Simon Cartwright and Alan Sherlock are recognised as ‘Leading Lawyers’ with Zoe Pajot and Alice Eager also noted as key lawyers. 

Our team focuses on the maritime, logistics and commodities.  Our clients  praise the firm as  “true experts in transport law.  Their advice is always well considered, timely and succinct.  They are a pleasure to work with.” “Simon Cartwright leads the experienced and highly skilled team.  Alice Eager, is one to watch – very intelligent and liked by her clients.”


Partner Jim Roberts is recognised as a “Leading Lawyer” along with Jodi Sharman and Sam Houliston as recommended. 

Dispute Resolution

We join the ranking for the first time resulting from our growing caseload in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Christina Bryant, and Glen Holm-Hansen are recommended. 

Our clients comment; “Christina Bryant is commercial, pragmatic and intelligent.  Nick Gillies is great at advocating hard for the best result for his clients.” “The firm has significant depth of resources and superior knowledge.”

Corporate / M&A

Partners Erich Bachmann is noted as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ with Julika Wahlmann-Smith  recommended and noted as a ‘Rising star’.

The team provide specialist corporate advice to domestic and international clients.  The team is identified as having; ”Very talented personnel who know our business well as theirs, and who are prompt, pragmatic and efficient.”

Hesketh Henry’s rising rankings reflect our commitment to our sector specialist approach and development of centres of expertise in those sectors. 

Leading Individuals

Corporate and M&A

Partner, Erich Bachman recognised as a ‘Leading Lawyer’.

Labour and employment 

Partner, Jim Roberts recognised as a ‘Leading Lawyer’.


Partner, Nick Gillies recognised as a ‘Leading Lawyer’.

Transport (Rail, Road, Air and Sea)

Partners Simon Cartwright and Alan Sherlock  recognised as ‘Leading Lawyers’.

Rising Star

Corporate / M&A senior associate Julika Wahlmann-Smith recognised as a ‘Rising Star’. 

Click here for the firm’s Legal 500 rankings and descriptions for 2021 along with further client testimonials.


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