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of areas of law, written by our legal experts.
Friday July 15, 2016
There is a Court in New Zealand that lawyers are not allowed into…..
And it is the same Court that decides the vast majority of all legal disputes in New Zealand.
The name of the Court is the Disputes Tribunal. Formerly known as the Small Claims Court, the Tribunal was set up as an efficient and cost effective way to decide disputes between individuals, companies and trusts up to the value of $15,000. I was privileged to be appointed as a Referee to the Disputes Tribunal for two years.
Friday July 1, 2016
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Friday April 22, 2016
Does your business pay overtime, bonuses or commissions to employees? If the answer is yes, then read on to ensure your employee’s don’t have a claim for more holiday pay.
Most employers will be aware of the recent media reporting in relation to underpaid holiday pay for more than 24,000 public and private sector workers.
Wednesday March 23, 2016
Many of you would have seen the launch of the Zespri Bay of Plenty Export NZ Awards 2016, with the big event to take place on 24 June 2016.
We have some incredibly successful exporters in this region who know all about the importance of having distribution arrangements based on more than just a hand shake at a trade show. For those new to exporting, it can be hard to know where to start and the prospect of engaging a lawyer to draft a Distribution Agreement can be daunting, especially when you can think of much better uses of your often limited cash flow.
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Directors, Chief Executives and Managers - Health and safety is your responsibility! On 4 April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force. This means that you only have a couple of weeks to ensure that your business complies with the new legal requirements. Will you be ready?
Tuesday March 8, 2016
The recent liquidation of Stonewood Homes is a reminder to all creditors, whether in the building industry or not, to have the best chance of recovering your costs you should:
Thursday January 28, 2016
With the ever increasing use of technology the need to sign a document on paper is becoming more and more redundant. Under the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 (“the Act”) certain paper-based legal requirements may be met by using electronic technology, in which the Act recognises that there is a functional equivalence between paper form and technology to meet a legal requirement.
Thursday December 17, 2015
Christmas is only a week away and like many of our clients, we're spending a few extra hours in the office tying up those loose ends before the break. It's great to go home in the evening and still have an hour or so of extra daylight to enjoy - and tick any last minute Christmas gifts off the list.
Thursday November 19, 2015
You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done.
So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Thursday October 8, 2015
As of 28 October 2015 all companies must now have ensured they have at least one director that either:
- Lives in New Zealand; or
- Lives in Australia and is a director of a company incorporated in Australia.