Lydia Sharpe

LLB (Hons) / BA
Lydia is a solicitor in the disputes team.

Lydia joined Hesketh Henry in 2019. She has previously had internships with Gregory J Thwaite, working in domestic and international commercial litigation, and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Multilateral and Legal Affairs team.

Lydia studied at the University of Auckland. She has completed a BA/LLB(Hons), in Latin and History, and a Diploma of Languages in Spanish and Russian.

This year her entry for the Society of Construction Law essay competition was Recommended for Publication.  She wrote about the impact of climate change on the construction and insurance industries, including the need for legislative and regulatory reform to future-proof both industries and stakeholders against the increasingly severe effects of climate change .

Lydia’s experience to date includes:

  • Providing advice on international conventions;
  • Advising on shipping disputes, construction disputes and debt recovery matters; and
  • General litigation advisory work.
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Insights & Opinion / Lydia Sharpe

Singapore Convention comes into force
The Singapore Mediation Convention has now entered into force, creating a comprehensive framework for the enforcement of international mediation settlement agreements.
The City’s Breaking and Everybody’s Shaking
Climate change and its effect on contract risk in the construction industry
14.09.2020 Posted in Construction Law
Liquidated damages and penalty clauses: the last word on Honey Bees
The Supreme Court’s judgment in 127 Hobson Street Limited & Anor v Honey Bees Preschool Limited & Anor [2020] NZSC 53 confirms the test for determining when a clause in a contract designed t...
10.06.2020 Posted in Construction Law
COVID-19: Insolvency Law Changes
On Tuesday afternoon the government introduced legislation to implement the changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) it announced in early April.  These changes are intended to assist companies to...
High Court recognizes “property” in cryptocurrency
Introduction  Last week the High Court issued its decision in Ruscoe & Moore v Cryptopia Ltd (in liquidation) [2020] NZHC 728.  The decision is notable, being the first of its kind in New Zealan...
16.04.2020 Posted in Regulatory
Workplace bullying: what it is and what steps to take
Kiwis have a reputation as being friendly, optimistic people, however many of our workplaces have an unspoken dark side: New Zealand has the second-worst rate of workplace bullying in the developed wo...
20.02.2020 Posted in Employment Law