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Simpson Western | 19 Feb 2020

Employment Concerns Over Coronavirus

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain, COVID-19, may be causing concern for employers and employees alike...

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Smooth sailing this summer

With summer fast approaching, many businesses will be hiring temporary staff to meet their needs over the busy summer months. Taking on temporary staff can throw up some tricky issues. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Enjoy our waterways - but think water safety!

We are truly blessed to live in the Land of the Long White Cloud. This beautiful country of ours is, however, also the land of water. Wherever you are, you are never far from water. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Trusts Act 2019

The Trusts Act 2019 will come into effect on 30 January 2021. Much of the Act updates or restates existing law.  However, there are a number of changes about which trustees and people with trusts should be aware. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Rural fires

The rural fires of last summer are a reminder of the risk of fire to our communities. The cause of the blaze in the Nelson region, one of New Zealand’s largest plantation fires, was attributed to a spark caused when farm equipment hit a stone. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Fineprint Postscript

Changes ahead in relationship property laws / Proposed reform for incorporated societies legislation ...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Leasing commercial premises

Commercial leases come in varying shapes and sizes. Whether you operate a transport business and need a place to park your trucks...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Residential tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 27 August 2019. This legislation affects both landlords and tenants...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Property Briefs

Frequent buying and selling of property tax rules under review, Buyers must take care when cancelling an agreement, First home buyer scheme changes...>

Simpson Western | 05 Nov 2019

Remaining en-garde - your fencing rights

Whether you are looking at putting up a new boundary fence, repairing an existing one or have concerns about what your neighbour plans to do with an existing fence, the Fencing Act 1978 (Act) may be able to step in ...>

Simpson Western | 31 Oct 2019

Raising the Roof on Construction Contracts

The Act creates a payment regime focused on regular and timely payments allowing for steady cashflow between parties. ...>

Simpson Western | 18 Oct 2019

Winding up of a Trust

Most Trusts are established to run for a period of 80 years, but provide for the trustees with the ability to wind up the Trust earlier...>


Simpson Western | 09 Oct 2019

What's mine is yours?

The Law Commission's final recommendations for changes to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2019

Trusts Act 2019

The new Trusts Act 2019 will come into effect on 30 January 2021. Much of the Act updates or restates law that exists already, either in statute or in case law. There are, however, a number of changes about which trustees and settlors should be aware.

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2019

Grandparent wills

Grandparents often want to give some financial assistance to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There can be a number of good reasons for making specific provision for grandchildren in your will or through a family trust.

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2019

Residential care subsidy thresholds

Increasing numbers of elderly New Zealanders are going into residential care and seeking the government’s residential care subsidy.

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 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


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.