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Changes to KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal and HNZC First Home Deposit Subsidy on the horizon

February 2015 . . .The KiwiSaver savings scheme has two special features which have been assisting first home buyers. These are:    a) KiwiSaver First Home...

Be mindful of Directors' Duties

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times in February 2015.   In the case of small or closely held companies it is not uncommon to see people treating...

Discharge Without Conviction – Not Just for Sports People

December 2014 . . . Recent media publicity has suggested that sports people are, unjustly, more likely to be discharged without conviction when they come before the Court on...

Quad bike safety: Wear a helmet!

December 2014 . . . Recently, two farmers from Blenheim were fined $20,000 each for failing to wear helmets on their quad bikes, and failing to ensure that others using the...

New Partner for Gallaway Cook Allan

December 2014 . . . Gallaway Cook Allan is delighted to announce the promotion of Bridget Irving to partner in its Resource Management and Environmental Law...

Key Issues under the Health and Safety Reform Bill

November 2014 . . . David Robinson delivered a well received paper at the Conference held by the Otago and Southland branches of the New Zealand Law Society.  His topic,...

Health and Safety - abolition of self-incrimination privilege for corporates

November 2014 . . . In this Lawtalk article David Robinson examines the current privilege against self- incrimination, notes the proposed abolition of the privilege under the...

Why mediate? Resolving employment relationship problems through mediation

November 2014 . . . When things go wrong between employers and employees, it might be tempting to go out guns blazing and aim for a showdown in Court. However, when the actual and...

TRADE MARKS – USE THEM OR LOSE THEM

November 2014 . . . Trade marks which are not being used may be cancelled and removed from the trade marks register. A recent High Court decision involving the clothes label...

Phil Page in LawTalk magazine

October 2014 . . . In this LawTalk article Gallaway Cook Allan Partner Phil Page talks about life as an Environmental Law...

Not for Profit Employment Law Seminar

Gallaway Cook Allan and Polson Higgs invite you to: A complimentary employment law and human resources update. This session is aimed at trustees and managers of...

Buying off the plans (without going off the rails)

September 2014 . . . If you are buying “off the plan” – an increasingly popular option for house and apartment buyers – you will often be signing up to...

Facebook “like” leads to dismissal

September 2014 . . . A childcare centre manager was justifiably dismissed after liking derogatory comments about her employer on Facebook. Rachel Blylevens was being...

Redundancy: The times they are a changing….

September 2014. . . In the last couple of years we have seen some major shifts in redundancy case law.  It is now more difficult to make staff redundant, and employers are...

Rural update: Large wage claim fails

September 2014 . . . A former farm manager recently had his $43,000 victory in the Employment Relations Authority overturned on appeal by the Employment Court.  The...

ETERNAL RESTRAINT OF TRADE UNREASONABLE

September 2014 . . . The High Court has declared that a former shareholder cannot be prevented from competing with a company’s business forever. This case concerned the...

ASSET STRIPPING & CONSPIRACY THEORIES

August 2014. . . At what point does “sharp practice” in commercial transactions cross the line and become unlawful activity? That was question the Court of Appeal...

COURT STAYS PROCEEDING WHERE PARTIES ATTEMPT TO SIDESTEP ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

August 2014. . . A recent High Court decision has highlighted the Court’s ability to stay Court proceedings where some, but not all parties to the Court action are also...

CHARITIES UPDATE - WHEN DOES A GOOD CAUSE BECOME A CHARITY?

August 2014. . .If you are contemplating registering an organisation as a charity you should give careful consideration to your organisation’s main purposes. These...

Centre pivots and linear irrigators – consent no longer required in Queenstown Lakes

July 2014 . . . We recently wrote about the Environment Court decision in Haldon Station v Mackenzie District Council confirming that centre pivots and linear irrigators are...

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