Kate Telford

LLB / BCom
Kate Telford is a Partner in our Business Advice team.

Prior to joining Hesketh Henry, Kate practised in large law firms in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Kate’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law.  Kate regularly advises clients on a range of commercial agreements including joint venture and shareholder agreements, manufacturing agreements, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and terms of trade.  She also assists corporate clients in relation to compliance with a wide range of legislative matters, including the Companies Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1986, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Takeovers Code 1993 and Overseas Investment Act 2005.

In addition, Kate has extensive experience in advising clients in relation to acquiring, disposing of and investing in businesses.

Kate has been a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Directory for the last five years (2016 to 2020) and has been noted as being an “M&A specialist” and “sought after for commercial law”.

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Examples of work completed by Kate include:

  • Acting for a New Zealand software company on the sale of its shares to a US listed company.
  • Advising a company comprising an alliance of travel businesses located throughout New Zealand on the sale of its business to a company representing the largest group of independent travel agencies in Australia.
  • Advising on the merger of a large New Zealand scaffolding, formwork, falsework and event infrastructure company with another significant scaffolding, event infrastructure and equipment and machinery sale and hire company in the Pacific Islands.
  • Advising a large manufacturing company on the sale of its business to a 50/50 joint venture company.  Kate continues to advise the joint venture company on its day-to-day commercial activities.
  • Advising a multi-national engineering support services company on the renewal, and variation of, its long-term contract with the New Zealand Defence Force.
  • Acting for a large manufacturing group in relation to numerous acquisitions and divestments.
  • Advising on the joint venture arrangements of a large manufacturing client including the acquisition of the business to be undertaken by the joint venture entity.
  • Assisting numerous clients obtain Overseas Investment Office consent including in relation to farm land applications.
  • Acting for a construction company in relation to various incorporated, and unincorporated, joint ventures with third parties.
  • Advising a closely-held engineering company on its shareholder and constitutional arrangements.
  • Acting for a New Zealand listed company in respect of various corporate governance matters including conflict of interest issues and matters raised by a disgruntled shareholder.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommended Partner, Kate Telford.
  • LexisNexis Foreign Investment Law Guide 2018-2019

Insights & Opinion / Kate Telford

Is this Organic? Proposed Regulation of Organic Product Claims
The Organic Products Bill, which is currently at the Select Committee stage, proposes to introduce a regime to regulate claims made by businesses that products are organic (known as making an “organ...
06.10.2020 Posted in Business Advice
COVID-19: OIO Urgent measures – Coming soon!
The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (“Amendment Act”) was passed on 28 May 2020 and received Royal Assent on 2 June 2020.  The majority of the Amendment Act will ...
COVID-19: OIO Update
Government fast-tracks new measures during COVID-19 crisis
At first glance: Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 
On 19 March 2020, the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Parliament.  The two key intentions of the Bill are to strengthen and simplify the ove...
COVID-19: Contracts – Managing through lockdown and beyond
The current COVID-19 lockdown has brought many businesses to a standstill and, at the very least, interrupted all businesses.  In light of supply chain and workforce difficulties, together with the i...
20.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Temporary ‘safe harbour’ from directors’ insolvency duties
As mentioned in Hesketh Henry’s article “COVID-19: Insolvency law changes” (, Grant Robertson has announced that ...
New National Interest Test Proposed for New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Rules
The New Zealand Government has recently announced yet more proposed changes to New Zealand’s overseas investment rules to be introduced early next year.
27.11.2019 Posted in Foreign Investment