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Tom Saunders | 14 Mar 2019

Race4Life Track Day Hampton Downs 2019

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

Trust eSpeaking | 22 Feb 2019

Accessing the assets of a trust

What the future may hold for separating couples with a trust

Trust eSpeaking | 22 Feb 2019

No enduring power of attorney?

It’s a time-consuming and expensive process if you don’t have an EPA

Trust eSpeaking | 22 Feb 2019

The bank of mum and dad

Helping your children – with care

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Feb 2019

Construction industry & its retentions scheme

High Court provides useful guidance for subcontractors

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Feb 2019

Employment law changes ahead

Last year saw many changes in the employment law sphere, with the Labour-led government delivering on promises of reform in this area

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Feb 2019

Business Briefs

Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation / Electronic signatures – uses and risks / The Tax Working Group: recommendations coming soon

Adrian Yap | 17 Jan 2019

Andrée Talbot awarded CNZM 2019

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... >

Fineprint | 29 Nov 2018

Enforceable undertakings

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.

Fineprint | 29 Nov 2018

Make sure you have a will

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?

Fineprint | 29 Nov 2018

Blockchain technology

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.

Fineprint | 29 Nov 2018

Retirement village life

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. 

Simpson Western | 05 Nov 2018

Dividing relationship property

We look at the Law Commission's recent recommendations for changing how property is divided at the end of a relationship.

Simpson Western | 29 Oct 2018

The New PPSR Website

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.

Trust eSpeaking | 09 Oct 2018

Validating imperfect wills

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.

Trust eSpeaking | 09 Oct 2018

How do I bring my trust to an end?

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.

Trust eSpeaking | 09 Oct 2018

Do I still need a trust?

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?”

Simpson Western | 17 Sep 2018

Employee or Contractor?

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.

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Business Briefs

European Union: privacy law update / Commerce Commission action in respect of extended warranties / Workplace culture crackdown

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Receivership of construction companies

Ebert Construction’s recent receivership is a reminder that not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues. 

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Second thoughts

What happens when your employee wants to retract their resignation?

Tom Sanders | 06 Sep 2018

When is a trust not a trust?

The recent decision of the High Court of England and Wales in JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev [2017] EWHC 2426 (Ch) has wide reaching implications for New Zealand trust law and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

Melanie Baker-Jones | 27 Aug 2018

Purchasing property with family

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.

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

Property Briefs

Warmer homes for Kiwis, Meth Contamination and Foreign Investment in Residential Property...

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

The great lawyers’ fee debate

Lawyers’ fees are often a difficult subject to discuss. They shouldn’t be.

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

Guiding your kids into flatting

Flat leases are really ‘residential tenancy agreements’. Agreements should be in writing, however, an unwritten agreement can sometimes be enforced. >

Simpson Western | 23 Jul 2018

Are you complying with the Holidays Act?

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...

| 02 Jul 2018

AML now in force

From 1 July 2018 all law firms must comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

What if your parents die broke?

What happens when your parents die broke? Can you inherit their debt?

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

Questions you shouldn’t ask

Job interviews can be a challenge for both employers and applicants.  We look at what you can and cannot ask...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

How old do you have to be?

As lawyers, we’re often asked the legal age for a variety of things such as agreeing to medical treatment, making a will and so on...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

Is your loved one mentally capable?

What does it mean to have ‘mental capacity’ when it comes to signing a will or an important legal document? This has recently become a hot topic, with new case law shining some much-needed light on the subject. It’s also something that families need to be aware of as their loved ones age.

Simpson Western | 29 Jun 2018

Summer Clerk/Black Stick: George Muir

Last summer, George Muir joined us as part of our Summer Clerkship programme.  George is in the final stages of his law degree at the University of Auckland, and is also a senior member of the Black Sticks New Zealand Men's Hockey Team.  We spoke to George about his experience in the Black Sticks, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and his experience at Simpson Western.

Alyssa Dunlop / Nicola Russ | 19 Jun 2018

Supplying goods on credit

Are your goods protected under the Personal Property Securities Act 1993?

Melanie Baker-Jones | 19 Jun 2018

Are you buying a small business?

As well as researching the market you will want to put a solid contract in place. A solid contract, or agreement for sale and purchase, should protect you from costly surprises after settlement.

Sarah O'Grady | 25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

If you have customers or suppliers in the European Union, you may have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force today.