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Zoe Pajot

Zoe Pajot grew up in a family of sailors. She is a French qualified lawyer with a focus on shipping and yachting.

Zoe completed a Masters Degree in Law and Safety of Maritime Activities at Southampton (UK) and Nantes (France) Universities (2008 – 2010).  She qualified as a Lawyer in 2014 and was admitted to the French Bar before moving to New Zealand in 2018.   

 Zoe has previously worked as a legal assistant at the IMO (London) for the French Delegation, at the Department of Maritime Affairs for the Ministry of Justice (Paris) and at the French Legal Department of the international shipping company MSC (Le Havre), on short-terms contracts. She also trained in two international law firms, specialising in maritime law.

 Zoe joined Hesketh Henry in March 2018.  She is a member of the trade and transport team and assist with maritime cases, including contentious and transactional matters.

 She advises in particular on maritime contracts (such as construction, refit/maintenance, sale and purchase of yachts)  marine insurance claims, admiralty (collisions, dismasting, grounding, or salvage for instance) and yacht registration. She also assist with cargo claims and charter parties disputes.

 Zoe is a member of the Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) NZ association and a board member of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNZCCI).

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The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Zoe Pajot as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Transport practice area.

Insights & Opinion / Zoe Pajot

Requirements for international yachts and crew entering New Zealand
While New Zealand’s sea borders are currently closed to most foreign Flagged vessels, a number of pleasure craft and super yachts in the Pacific are hoping to enter New Zealand in time for the Ameri...
04.12.2020 Posted in Maritime Law
COVID-19: Yachting update
The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on the marine industry.  In this briefing, we summarise the current situation for the yachting sector in New Zealand and the Pacific. New Ze...
20.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law
COVID-19: It’s not plain sailing for yacht owners
These are challenging and uncertain times and we wanted to provide a briefing on some of the issues yacht owners may be experiencing during the current lockdown. Do you have a mortgage over your yacht...
16.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law & Trade and Commodities
Getting the Deal Through: Shipping
Getting the Deal Through works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world
03.09.2019 Posted in Maritime Law & Trade and Commodities
Getting the Deal Through: Shipping 2019
The Marine team at Hesketh Henry have again contributed to Getting the Deal Through: Shipping 2019.
30.08.2018 Posted in Maritime Law
Update – New Zealand’s New Biofouling Standards
New Zealand has introduced a new standard requiring all vessels to have a “clean hull” on arrival in the country after 15  May 2018.[1]  The objective is to minimise the introduction of ...
21.08.2018 Posted in Maritime Law
The Shipping Law Review
The Hesketh Henry marine team pen the New Zealand chapter of The Shipping Law Review
26.07.2018 Posted in Maritime Law