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Employees as Minority Shareholders

You have identified an employee who plays an important role in your business. You want to reward their efforts and offer an incentive that keeps them invested in growth of... >

Simpson Western | 03 Jul 2019

Leaf my property alone!

Did you know, as an owner or occupier of land, you are not responsible for damage to your neighbour's land caused by "natural agencies".

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

The Wellbeing Budget 2019

The wider economy was looked after with increases in funding to KiwiRail, the establishment of a new venture capital fund, investment in science and research, and so on

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

PPSR lease losses

When the PPSR was established in 1999, most businesses were quick to catch on that it was a good idea to register security over goods that were sold under a line of credit. What wasn’t so easily recognised is that the register was designed to also capture leases of goods that are indefinite or extend past one year.

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

Business Briefs

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

Simpson Western | 31 May 2019

Reasonable pay for employees

In 2016, a series of legislative changes were introduced to protect employees, largely in response to "zero-hour" contracts.

Simpson Western | 27 May 2019

Owed money?

If you or your company is owed money by another company, and that company fails or refuses to pay the debt, one option available to you might be to serve a statutory demand on the debtor under section 289 of the Companies Act 1993.

Property Speaking | 17 May 2019

Property sale and purchase

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.

Property Speaking | 17 May 2019

Looking for your first home?

The purchase of your first home may be more in reach than you think.

Property Speaking | 17 May 2019

Property Briefs

Unit Titles Act 2010: are you complying? Healthy Homes Standards: what you need to know, Damage to your rental: who foots the bill?

Simpson Western | 08 May 2019

Family Violence Leave

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.

Simpson Western | 06 May 2019

Employment Law Changes from 6 May

As of 6 May 2019, several changes to New Zealand employment law have come into effect.

Fineprint | 11 Apr 2019

Wiping the slate clean

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...

Fineprint | 11 Apr 2019

Property (Relationships) Act 1976 changes

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...

Fineprint | 11 Apr 2019

Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman

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.

Fineprint | 11 Apr 2019

Capital gains tax

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.

Tom Sanders | 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.