Chante Fourie

Bcom LLB(Hons)
Chante is a solicitor in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team.

Chanté assists across all areas of litigation, with a focus on employment, trade and transport, and insolvency disputes.

Chanté joined Hesketh Henry in 2021, after graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bcom/LLB (Hons), double majoring in Economics and Accounting. She has a background in the insurance sector, having worked for a major New Zealand insurer for 5 years while completing her degrees.  

Chanté frequently assists in debt recovery procedures; co-ordinating settlement arrangements and appearing in the High Court for bankruptcy matters.

She also represents both employee and employer clients in a range of matters, including appearances at the Employment Relations Authority and assisting in the drafting of employment agreements.  

This year, Chanté won first place in the Society of Construction Law Essay Competition with her essay “I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black: Disruption, Force Majeure and NZS3910”. In her essay, she considered how NZS3910 responds to the impact of unexpected no fault events, ultimately recommending that a force majeure clause become a permanent fixture in the general provisions of NZS3910.

Chanté is published in both Build Law and Savour Magazine in respect of her take on construction and employment law related issues.

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Examples of work completed by Chante include:

  • New Zealand Law Journal December 2022 – “I see a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black: Disruption, Force Majeure and NZS3910”

Insights & Opinion / Chante Fourie

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...
08.05.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance & Trade and Transport
Electronic Monitoring Policies in Ontario – A Possibility for New Zealand?
The frequency and intensity with which employees are monitored by employers through the use of electronic systems have been amplified with technological advancement in recent years, raising privacy concerns in many countries.
10.10.2022 Posted in Employment
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New Categories of Workers: Employee, Dependent Contractor, Independent Contractor
Spotting the difference between an employee and independent contractor can be difficult, but is a critical exercise. This is because employees are afforded a suite of rights not available to contracto...
05.10.2022 Posted in Employment
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
BIMCO Introduces Force Majeure Clause 2022
In response to a recent string of disruptive and unforeseen events, BIMCO has introduced the Force Majeure Clause 2022 (Clause) as an optional inclusion for charterparty and shipping contracts.
08.09.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport
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Force Majeure Defence Successful: Laysun Service Co Ltd v Del Monte International
The decision in Laysun Service Co Ltd v Del Monte International [2022] EWHC 699 (Comm) is the rare example of a successful force majeure defence to excuse performance.
24.08.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport
Off the Bench and into Action: The Whistle Blows on the Protected Disclosures Act 2022
On 1 July 2022 the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 (Act) came into force, repealing the Protected Disclosures Act 2000.
19.08.2022 Posted in Employment
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