The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act) - It is Serious - Get Specialist Legal Advice!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The AML/CFT Act was extended to lawyers and conveyancers on 1 July 2018.  It will be extended to accountants on 1 October 2018 and will be further extended to Real Estate Agents on 1 January 2019. We also consider many financial service providers (including in some cases of businesses offering credit contracts) may be unaware that they are required to comply with the AML/CFT Act or may not be meeting the standards required.  Read more

Companies Act 1993 - ''Indoor Management''

Friday, September 07, 2018

A recent Court of Appeal decision (Autumn Tree1) makes it clear that where a company enters a contract and only one director signs it:  Read more

Important Update in Respect of PPSR Registration

Friday, September 07, 2018

The Personal Property Securities Amendment Regulations 2018 will come into force on 1 October 2018 and make a number of technical amendments to the Personal property Securities Regulations 2001. Read more

When is Your House the "Family Home"? / Will my House be Split 50/50?

Monday, September 03, 2018

A special status is given to the "family home" in relationship property disputes under the relevant legislation, the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 ("the Act").  Read more

Sustained Absence From Work and Medical Incapacity in Employment: When Can an Employer "Fairly Cry Halt"?

Friday, June 15, 2018

It is a fairly familiar situation: an employee sustains an illness, or suffers an injury – probably due to no fault of their own or their employer - and is unable to work for a long period of time. Uncertainty may arise about when he or she can return to work, if ever.  Repeated visits to a doctor or specialist, frustratingly for both the employee and the employer, fail to provide a definite prognosis about when the employee will be fit to return to work or, indeed, whether they will ever be able to do so.  Meanwhile the employee may be receiving no income, or less than their full former salary or wage while receiving an ACC benefit.  The employer is also left in the difficult and uncertain position of not being able to hire a permanent replacement employee but needing to reassign the absent employee's tasks to others, or make do with a potentially more expensive temporary employee. Read more

Essential Skills Work Visa

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Putting aside the fancy name, the Essential Skills Work Visa is basically New Zealand's General Work Visa.  Read more

Employment - 90 Day Trial Periods - Set to be Abolished?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One of the notable law reforms which was touted in Labour's election campaign has been unveiled in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018 ("Bill") - the restriction on the use of the 90 day trial period. Read more

What Happens When a Commercial Tenant Outgrows Their Space?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Introduction to Negotiating a Surrender or Assignment of Lease  Read more

Boat Purchase 101 - Legal Due Diligence

Friday, March 09, 2018

In the third article in this series we focus briefly on the second limb of due diligence that should be considered when purchasing a vessel namely, legal due diligence. Read more

Thinking of Buying a Commercial Property?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Consider these five tips before entering into an agreement. Read more

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