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Importer wins dispute over unclaimed cheese

A decision of the Christchurch High Court caught my eye recently because it concerned something I am very fond of. Cheese. Over $90,000 of imported cheese. To my mind, a commercial...

McLaren v McLaren

McLaren v McLaren: family trusts continued Family trust disputes are providing a good source of interesting cases at the moment – unfortunately they do of course come at...

Pay equity - becoming a reality

Over the next few years we are likely to see some significant pay equity claims and settlements which will affect a large number of employers and employees, both union and...

Employment law update: Proposed new domestic violence law to impact employment law

Having passed its first reading and now at the Select Committee stage, a new Bill proposing to enhance legal protections for victims of domestic violence would see changes made to...

Beneficiaries not always entitled to trust information

In March the Supreme Court released a decision concerning a beneficiary’s entitlement to access information about a trust that they are a beneficiary of. The case involved...

Employment Update - Minimum Wage Increasing

The government has recently announced that from 1 April the minimum wage will be increasing by 50c, from $15.25 per hour to $15.75 per hour. The starting-out and training...

Update on Securities Law: Changes for Organisations that Manage Communal Facilities

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, December 2016. This article deals with recent changes to the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) in relation to...

High Court Overturns Charities Board Decision

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, November 2016. The High Court has recently overturned the decision of The Charities Registration Board not to grant...

Capital Raising: Reminder of FMCA Exclusions

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, October 2016. In last month’s article David Smillie looked at exclusions under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013...

Capital Raising: Reminder of FMCA Exclusions

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 2016. It has been around 3 years since the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) was passed and it has been...

Purchasers Beware: Methamphetamine Contamination is a Real Risk

August 2016 . . . Methamphetamine is a Class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. It is commonly referred to as Meth, Crystal Meth, Ice or P. The process of...

Landlords Beware: Methamphetamine Contamination is a Real Risk

August 2016 . . . Methamphetamine is a Class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. It is commonly referred to as Meth, Crystal Meth, Ice or P. The process of...

Living in New Zealand - Clarity on Director Residency Requirements from the High Court

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 2016. The Companies Act (Act) was recently amended last year with the aim of making the company incorporation and...

Cancellation of Commercial Leases - Getting the Process Right

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, June 2016. The High Court has been centre stage again for a long running dispute over the commercial lease for a property in...

Do you know your Trial Periods?

July 2016 . . . Having a Trial Period in your employment contracts can be a very effective way of managing the risk in making a new hire.  But, they're easy to get...

Implied Warranties Not Fit For Purpose

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, April 2016. Health and safety and earthquake strengthening are two of the hottest topics currently facing our commercial...

Repossession Rules Undergo a Makeover

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, February 2016. In 2015 the rules relating to the repossession of consumer goods were updated. The Credit (Repossession) Act...

Be upfront about risk

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, November 2015. Our business clients strike deals with other businesses based on obtaining and reviewing as much information...

Deadline looms for residency requirements

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, October 2015. October 2015 . . . The final part of the Companies Amendment Act 2014 came into force on 1 May 2015 and all...

The Second Generation District Plan: Are You Affected?

September 2015 Everyone in New Zealand is affected by a District Plan in some way, shape or form. District Plans are primarily used to control land use and development....

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