It’s essential that the sale and purchase agreement contains the correct wording, particulars and information in respect of the GST position of the parties to the agreement.
The purchase of your first home may be more in reach than you think.
Unit Titles Act 2010: are you complying? Healthy Homes Standards: what you need to know, Damage to your rental: who foots the bill?
From 1 April 2019, employees who are affected by family violence may request 10 days of paid leave each year, and a short-term variation of their working arrangements for up to two months at a time.
As of 6 May 2019, several changes to New Zealand employment law have come into effect.
The Clean Slate Act or clean slate scheme, became law almost 15 years ago. The rationale behind the legislation was to enable people who had certain convictions to put their past behind them...
The law governing the division of property when a relationship ends is, after more than 40 years, set to change following the Law Commission’s comprehensive review...
The Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman office (IFSO) was established in 1995 to help consumers who were in dispute with their insurers or financial services providers.
The much-anticipated final report of the Tax Working Group (TWG) was released on 21 February and, unsurprisingly, recommended the introduction of a broad-based, realised capital gains tax (CGT) regime.
Every year for the past 12 years, the Race4Life Charitable Trust has organised a track day at Hampton Downs for palliative care patients who live in Auckland and Waikato
What the future may hold for separating couples with a trust
It’s a time-consuming and expensive process if you don’t have an EPA
Helping your children – with care
High Court provides useful guidance for subcontractors
Last year saw many changes in the employment law sphere, with the Labour-led government delivering on promises of reform in this area
Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation / Electronic signatures – uses and risks / The Tax Working Group: recommendations coming soon
We are all delighted for our Associate, Andrée Talbot, who was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the 2019 New Year Honours List for... >
Enforceable undertakings were introduced in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) as an alternative to prosecution. In this article we discuss the features of this alternative and the potential benefits of taking this path.
New Zealanders need to find time to sit down and make sure they have a will. We all know this is important but how many of us don’t get around to it?
While there’s been a lot of hype around cryptocurrencies, it’s the underlying blockchain technology that has the potential to solve real business problems, particularly here in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s ageing population has created a boom for retirement villages, with record numbers being developed. For many looking to retire or slow down, retirement village living is attractive – and it’s not hard to see why.
We look at the Law Commission's recent recommendations for changing how property is divided at the end of a relationship.
The new Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) website was launched on 1 October 2018. The new website is not just a cosmetic facelift for the PPSR - it also includes a raft of changes that make the PPSR more user friendly.
For wills to be valid they must comply with a number of legal formalities; they must be in writing and there must be two witnesses who must attest to the will-maker signing the will in their presence.
This article explores the two most common ways that trusts can be brought to an end – bringing forward the date of distribution (the trust’s expiry date) and distributing all the trust assets to beneficiaries.
If you have a family trust set up a number of years ago, it’s good practice to review it to ensure it is still ‘fit for purpose’. Leading on from that is the question that is often asked of us, “Should I bring my trust to an end?”
The distinction between an independent contractor and an employee is not always clear, but the recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority highlights the serious consequences for employers who get it wrong.
European Union: privacy law update / Commerce Commission action in respect of extended warranties / Workplace culture crackdown
Ebert Construction’s recent receivership is a reminder that not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues.
What happens when your employee wants to retract their resignation?
A recent decision of the High Court of England and Wales has wide reaching implications for New Zealand trust law and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.
When purchasing property with family it may feel awkward to raise questions as to how to manage the legal arrangements; however it's an important question to ask.
Warmer homes for Kiwis, Meth Contamination and Foreign Investment in Residential Property...
Lawyers’ fees are often a difficult subject to discuss. They shouldn’t be.
Flat leases are really ‘residential tenancy agreements’. Agreements should be in writing, however, an unwritten agreement can sometimes be enforced. >
Over the last few months, a number of high profile New Zealand businesses and government departments have discovered issues with their calculation and payment for their employees’ holidays and leave...