Simon is a transport and trade law specialist, with expertise in shipping, marine, insurance, logistics, commodities trading, trade finance, sanctions and international debt recovery. He heads up Hesketh Henry’s Trade and Transport team.
As reported by Chambers, “He is praised for his subject matter expertise, a client commenting: “Simon is very knowledgeable in the marine sector. He is approachable and easy to work with.”
As reported by Chambers, “The team is valued for its capability in the fields of restructuring, employee agreements and compliance matters for large national unions and businesses. One client says “The firm’s strengths are their ability to build strong relationships, their expertise and their responsiveness. I am immediately put at ease knowing that I can trust the team and will be given a timely response on our matters.”
Jim Roberts, partner and head of the employment team is again ranked individually, one interviewee stating “”He always sees the big picture, thinks very laterally, is extremely good at explaining complex issues and works with you.”
Alison Maelzer, partner is again ranked individually. A client remarks “highly knowledgeable, very friendly and approachable.”
Jodi Sharman, senior associate is noted as an ‘associate to watch’. Jodi is described as a lawyer who “provides pragmatic, business-focused advice” by a client who adds: “All her advice is in plain English and she is just so easy to work with”.
The team is known for its established insurance defence and litigation practice, acting on behalf of a range of domestic, regional and international insurances. They work closely with practice areas across the firm to provide holistic support in such areas as construction, employment, manufacturing and transport. A client reports “offers a good balance of black-letter legal skills with practical soft skills that allow for efficient resolution of matters they work on”.
Partner, Helen Macfarlane is a key contact and a ‘Notable practitioner.’
As reported by Chambers, “Hesketh Henry is well regarded for contentious construction matters, with particular strength in the Auckland market. One client says “They have excellent knowledge of the industry from a contractor’s commercial perspective” The same client values the teams “solid, timely and practical advice.”
Nick Gillies, partner and head of the construction team is again ranked individually. One interviewee commenting “Nick is a very astute construction lawyer with strong litigation experience, as well as front-end experience.” Another appreciates his “very good negotiation skills in complex commercial disputes.”