Lydia Sharpe

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

Lydia joined Hesketh Henry in 2019. She has previously interned for a barrister and solicitor working in domestic and international commercial litigation, and in government.

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

Lydia is a member of the Trade and Transport Sector Group led by Simon Cartwright.  Within that Group, she has provided advice and assisted on a range of shipping disputes.

She also regularly assists on insurance, construction and debt recovery matters, as well as general litigation advisory work, within the wider Disputes Team.

This year she won first place in the Society of Construction Law’s essay competition with her essay “Unprecedented! NZS3910, Risk Allocation and COVID-19”.  Her essay examined the effect of the March 2020 New Zealand lockdown on risk allocation under the standard form NZS3910 contract and considered how NZS3910 might be reformed. 

Her entry for the Society of Construction Law essay competition in 2020 was Recommended for Publication.  She analysed the impact of climate change on the construction and insurance industries, and considered ways to future-proof both industries and stakeholders against the increasingly severe effects of climate change.

Lydia is a member of the Society of Construction Law and of WISTA (the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association).

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Insights & Opinion / Lydia Sharpe

New LMAA rules introducing more flexibility
New rules for marine arbitrations in the London Arbitral Tribunal have been implemented recently: the LMAA Terms 2021, the LMAA Intermediate Claims Procedure 2021 and the LMAA Small Claims Procedure 2...
Climate Change and the Construction Industry: Shaping the Emissions Reduction Plan
New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan (ERP) is due to be published in May 2022.
28.10.2021 Posted in Climate Change & Construction
Climate Change and the Construction Industry: Counting down to a national strategy
The Government is getting closer to the publication of a national strategy for responding to climate change.
21.09.2021 Posted in Climate Change & Construction
Unprecedented ! NZS3910, Risk Allocation and COVID-19
The first Level 4 lockdown of 25 March 2020, implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, exposed various flaws in the risk allocation regime under standard construction contract NZS3910.   
06.09.2021 Posted in Construction
All about the evidence: Recent Supreme Court decision confirms extrinsic evidence rules and implication of contractual terms
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bathurst Resources Ltd v L & M Coal Holdings Ltd provides important guidance on the approach to the use and admissibility of extrinsic evidence for contractual interpretation and the test for implication of contractual terms.
02.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Regulatory
New ICC Arbitration Rules 2021 come into force
The revised International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration Rules for 2021 (2021 Rules) have now come into force and apply to all ICC arbitrations begun after 1 January 2021.  While the new Rules...
10.03.2021 Posted in Disputes & Regulatory
English Supreme Court clarifies approach to determining the governing law of an international arbitration agreement
The English Supreme Court has recently clarified how the governing law of an arbitration agreement should be determined, where the agreement lacks an express choice of law provision.  In an area of l...
18.02.2021 Posted in Disputes & Trade and Transport