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Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Employing people with a past

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Restraint of trade clauses

Restraint of trade clauses are common in the sale and purchase of a business and in some employment agreements.

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Business Briefs

Eminem - importance of IP indemnities in agreements / Mainzeal directors' appeal denied / Federated Farmers wants tougher labelling on plant-based products / New regulations impose licensing regime for insolvency practitioners.

Simpson Western | 05 Aug 2019

Are family trusts still relevant today?

There has been a great deal of discussion recently as to whether or not family trusts are still relevant in today's legal climate.

Fineprint | 01 Aug 2019

Emissions Trading Scheme

New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was established by the Climate Change Response Act 2002. The ETS was created as the vehicle for New Zealand to meet its obligations for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.

Fineprint | 01 Aug 2019

Components of effective governance

The damage from governance failure can be profound, and can attract significant unwelcome media and public scrutiny. Focusing on the learnings from these cases is how we can get some real benefit and continuous improvement in corporate governance.

Fineprint | 01 Aug 2019

The executor of your will

Having an executor of your will is like having a manager of your affairs (your estate) after your death. Your executor is named in your will; it is his or her role to carry out the terms of your will.

Fineprint | 01 Aug 2019

The importance of good recordkeeping

There are plenty of war stories about recordkeeping blunders. Think of offices crammed with paper, ‘lost’ documents, fireplace filing systems and online voids.

Fineprint | 01 Aug 2019

Fineprint: Postscript

Companies Office helping amalgamation customers ‘get it right first time’, Tax Working Group – capital gains tax scrubbed, Claiming legitimate business expenses

Property Speaking | 01 Aug 2019

The secret lives of tenants

Following publicity in 2018 that some property managers were using the ‘KFC test’ to vet prospective tenants, landlords’ protection of their tenants’ privacy has come under scrutiny by the Privacy Commissioner.

Property Speaking | 01 Aug 2019

Subdivisions

Subdivisions are more common than you think. A subdivision can range from the carving up of hundreds of acres of rural land for housing, developing land in a prime commercial area, selling half your quarter-acre section or simply wanting to extend your boundary a few metres.

Property Speaking | 01 Aug 2019

Property Briefs

Building report conditions and AML one year on

SIMPSON WESTERN | 17 Jul 2019

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... >