Chante Fourie

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

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’s experience is primarily in trade & transport and insolvency matters. She assists in the maritime and insurance space, advising on charterparty disputes, claims for detention and demurrage, and subrogated cargo recoveries. Her experience also includes work in the forestry sector, advising on contractual disputes for commodity traders, as well as general debt recovery actions on behalf of New Zealand businesses and international carriers.

In 2022, Chanté won first place in the Society of Construction Law Essay Competition with her paper “I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black: Disruption, Force Majeure and NZS3910”, which provides an evaluation of force majeure clauses in the construction context.

In 2023 she placed runner-up in the Comité Maritime International essay competition for her paper on the IMO’s Unified Interpretation on the test for breaking the shipowner’s right to limit liability under the LLMC and CLC, described as a “masterly assessment” of the issues considered. She presented her work at the 2023 annual conference of the Maritime Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Chanté frequently appears at both the District and High Court and has been published in the New Zealand Law Journal and Build Law Magazine. She is an active participant in the maritime industry and a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and the New Zealand Institute of Credit Management (NZICM).

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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

BCC Trade Credit v Thera Agri Capital: Policyholder Successful Against Credit Insurer in Australian Court of Appeal Decision
When applying for trade credit insurance, a prospective insured will typically provide information on the financing arrangements that will form the basis of cover. Where there is deviation from these ...
05.03.2024 Posted in Insurance & Trade and Transport
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
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