Esmé Johnson

Esmé is a solicitor in the Private Wealth Team.

Esmé has recently joined Hesketh Henry as part of the Private Wealth team.  Esmé graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLB and was admitted to the Bar in October 2020.

Prior to joining Hesketh Henry, Esmé worked as a solicitor in both private wealth and litigation, which was supplemented by a combined 6 years of experience she acquired in these areas as a law clerk prior to her admittance.

Assisting across all areas of private wealth, Esmé has a keen interest in trusts and relationship property. Esmé particularly enjoys considering the ways in which family dynamics, beliefs, and cultures factor into resolving private wealth issues.

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Examples of work completed by Esmé include:


Insights & Opinion / Esmé Johnson

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Variations of Trust: Obtaining the Court’s Blessing
In Re Jury Family Trusts[1] the High Court was asked to ‘bless’ proposed variations of mirror trusts to avoid significant tax liabilities. First things first, what are mirror trusts? Mirror Trusts...
10.02.2023 Posted in Private Wealth
Fiduciary Duties to Adult Children – Court of Appeal rule differently
The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in D and E Ltd v A, B and C[1] overruled the High Court’s landmark decision in that case[2].  The High Court held that a fiduciary duty existed between a fat...
03.11.2022 Posted in Private Wealth
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The End of Life Choice Act 2019: What you need to know
The End of Life Choice Act 2019 (Act) came into force on 7 November 2021, giving people who are experiencing unbearable suffering from a terminal illness the option to legally request medical assistance to end their life.
22.02.2022 Posted in Private Wealth
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Is your will in draft form?  High Court refuses to exercise its discretionary power to validate a draft will notwithstanding beneficiaries’ consent
The High Court’s recent decision in Re: An application to validate the will of Olive Ruby Piper [2021] NZHC 534 serves as a valuable reminder to make sure that your estate planning documents are...
16.09.2021 Posted in Private Wealth
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