We look at the Law Commission's recent recommendations for changing how property is divided at the end of a relationship.
In our first podcast of the Did You Know series, we look at the legal issues which might arise when purchasing property with family members.
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?
The recent decision of the High Court of England and Wales in JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev  EWHC 2426 (Ch) 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...
From 1 July 2018 all law firms must comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009...
What happens when your parents die broke? Can you inherit their debt?
Job interviews can be a challenge for both employers and applicants. We look at what you can and cannot ask...
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...
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.
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.
Are your goods protected under the Personal Property Securities Act 1993?
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.
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.
Who gets to keep the pooch? When a relationship ends it's often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.
Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights? Do your homework...
Employers now, more than ever, need to treat their employees properly to ensure they do not face significant compensation awards for personal grievance claims.
There are few surprises in the government’s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson.
There are risks associated with this popular type of purchase which many people are not aware of.
The final step before you settle your property purchase is to undertake a ‘pre-purchase inspection’.
From 1 July, all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.
To help keep a lid on the property market, the Minister of Revenue recently announced an extension to the bright-line test period from two to five years.
New laws came into effect on 1 July 2016 that require landlords to make their properties safe and healthy for tenants. Does your rental property meet the new standard?
Moving into the second half of 2018, New Zealand law firms, real estate agencies, and accounting firms need to make sure that they have the appropriate controls in place to perform “Know Your Client” checks as well as a framework to detect and report suspicious activities.
The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 came into force on 14 August 2017. This legislation amended the Commerce Act 1986 and, in doing so, significantly expanded the reach of the Commerce Commission to combat "cartel" arrangements and anti-competitive activities.