Helpful reading

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 | 05 Nov 2018

Did you know?

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.

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...

Ashleigh Bennett | 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.

Jess Shaw | 18 May 2018

Pets and separation

Who gets to keep the pooch?  When a relationship ends it's often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Business Briefs

Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights?  Do your homework...

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Compensation for hurt and humiliation

Employers now, more than ever, need to treat their employees properly to ensure they do not face significant compensation awards for personal grievance claims.

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

A no surprises Budget

There are few surprises in the government’s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Purchasing from a developer

There are risks associated with this popular type of purchase which many people are not aware of.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Pre-purchase inspections

The final step before you settle your property purchase is to undertake a ‘pre-purchase inspection’. 

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Keeping NZ safe from money launderers

From 1 July, all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Bright-line test period extended

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.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Is your rental safe and healthy?

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?

Nicola Russ | 08 May 2018

What’s that smell?

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.

Simpson Western | 07 May 2018

Competition laws: how are you affected?

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.